An aversion to rules is one of the reasons many entrepreneurs become business owners. They are not conformists and find big company policies stifling. I am no exception. But I have learned through the years that written rules keep things fair…and I am all about being fair.
My daughter frequently encourages me with the phrase, “Don’t give up before the miracle happens.” She first received this piece of advice from her allergy doctor. This is the back story on how this affirmation grew within me from cliché to gospel.
Its hard for people like me (and maybe you too) to let go and live in the moment; to “enjoy the ride.” I’ve done a pretty good job of training myself not to live in the past, to practice forgiveness for myself and others, but thoughts of the future can keep me preoccupied, worried, and impatient.
Contrary to popular belief, the phrase “I don’t understand” may be the most empowering sentence you will ever utter. As far back as I can remember, I was my father’s shadow– a bright, observant, and worrisome child, just behind his leg, listening to everything he said and didn’t say. I noticed early on when men […]
One of the things I like about getting older is that I don’t require as much sleep. When I wake in the middle of the night, I love to get up and putter around my quiet and dimly lit home. And if I’m lucky enough to be up just before sunrise, the outdoors is a […]
While participating in a self-improvement, personality workshop called Enneagram, I identified myself as a #8 personality type. For years I have been accused of being a control freak and responded by stating that I really don’t like managing people, only to have the accuser retort, “Then why are you?” During this workshop, I found out […]
In last week’s blog, I spoke of the opportunities that come from working outside the home. This thought prompted me to look critically at myself and some of the jobs I don’t want to do, which are mostly the ones inside the home; the chores that receive little praise and are viewed by few. As […]
Being afforded the opportunity to work, both physically and legally, is a liberty revered by many who cannot. Like children who are unable to attend school long for the sound of a school bell, so do many persons from other countries long to come to America to find work. I recently held a job fair […]
Son Gray and I attended the Dallas Gift Market this past week. It was my first time to go in years and I was curious to see if e-retail had affected the wholesale side of consumerism. The answer is yes. The crowds and the vendors were smaller, but I still found it educational. For instance, […]
Most people my age are settled. They have lived in their home for a long time. In fact, most of my friends are in houses they bought decades ago for their once growing families. Since our children have since flown the nest, we all talk of downsizing and un-cluttering whenever we get together, but few […]