Don’t you just love Thanksgiving leftovers? For me it could be the full meal just reheated and enjoyed as if it were Thanksgiving all over again. It could also be turkey soup, turkey salad or turkey sandwiches, I love them all equally. And wouldn’t you agree that mashed potatoes and gravy just seem to taste even better on the second day?
Over the years I have shared Thanksgiving meals with family and friends, some in their homes and some in my own home. One of the traditions I enjoy the most is when everyone takes the time to go around the table and talk about what is that they are most thankful for.
I had an interesting “virtual” experience a few months ago. No, not that kind of experience, but a “virtual” business experience that taught me a valuable lesson in life.
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” From the Robert Frost poem, “The Road Not Taken.” Have you been there, faced with a tough decision or at a crossroad in your life? And if so, did you take the road less traveled or did you follow the path where the ground had been cleared and maybe just a little bit easier to traverse?
“Stay strong!” “You can do it!” “Don't give in!” “Keep the faith!” “Stay the course!”
One of my very favorite things about being in the coaching, training, and learning and development industry is when I have an opportunity to meet and observe other trainers or facilitators, authors, and subject matter experts.
This is the time of year where I am having conversations and planning sessions with corporate clients and individuals as we set expectations, set budgets, and plan for the success in the coming year.
Some of you may remember the Gerry Rafferty song, “Stuck in the Middle,” and then again, since it was written and first performed in 1972 by Stealers Wheel, maybe there are more of you who don't have a clue about what I am referring to.
Just even saying that we are “too good” at something is kind of like saying we are having “too much fun,” or “we have too much money.” None of these statements makes a whole lot of sense, as I can't remember a time when I actually had too much fun and I never found myself saying that there was no more room in my bank account because I simply had too much money.
The need for instant gratification has truly compromised our ability to see beyond what is immediately in front of us. I mean in some cases we can't even see the next three hours that are directly in front of us let alone three weeks, three months, or three years down the road.
Is it going to be partly cloudy or mostly sunny? That is one of those types of questions that is similar to, “Is the glass half full or half empty,” right?
I would venture to guess that at one time or another, all of us have either stepped on a piece of gum, or if we haven't been so fortunate yet, will certainly step on a piece at some point in our lives.
The other day I found myself facing a situation where I had to have a difficult conversation with someone very close and special to me. And the more I thought about it and waited, the more difficult the conversation was becoming in my head and I almost talked myself out of raising the issue and having the discussion.
One of the questions my kids dreaded throughout their education was when I would ask this, “Do you have any homework tonight?” Of course they hated that question, I hated it too when I was growing up and my mother would ask me the very same thing.
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