Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Are you having trouble keeping up with what’s “in” and what’s “out” this year? Should you decorate minimalist or maximalist? Should you drive a gas or electric vehicle? Should you eat a vegan diet or an all-animal products diet? Should you… it’s hard to keep up with the changing trends!
If you don’t want to be anxious, insecure or confused about what you “should” be doing, begin with a solid foundation of things that never change. The day to day decisions about what to eat, what to wear, and how to spend your money will become so much easier when you remember these basic principles for life:
Dr. Linaman is a psychologist and executive coach providing counseling and professional development services to individuals, couples, work teams and organizations.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Over the weekend, I watched some of the coverage of Senator Edward Kennedy’s memorial service. As I listened to the eulogies I was struck by how often Senator Kennedy was described as someone who paid close attention to the needs of those around him – even non-Democrats.
As I watched and listened to the stories being told about Senator Kennedy, I remembered another story I had read not long ago that reinforced the importance of paying attention to those around us.
Debbie was an exceptional nursing student. One day her instructor gave the class a pop quiz. Like usual, Debbie breezed through the quiz without a problem until she came to the last question. The question asked, “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” Debbie thought it was some kind of joke. She recalled seeing the woman many times, but never knew her name.
When the instructor was asked if the question would count as part of their score he said, “Absolutely.” “In your careers you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say ‘hello’.” Debbie never forgot that important lesson. She also learned that the ladies name was Dorothy.
Do you take the time to demonstrate interest in the people you interact with on a regular basis, like your neighbors, store cashiers, or co-workers? Remember they are all significant and deserve your interest and attention.
No doubt we can learn many things from the life of Senator Kennedy, but perhaps one of the most important lessons is that a life well lived is a life of service to others.
Dr. Todd is a licensed psychologist, executive coach, published author, and national conference