For Chip: He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion. —Unknown

Thursday, October 24, 2013

In My Life Beatles and Ozzy Osbourne Mixed.

A Tribute to Mothers, God's Best Creation

A Tribute to Mothers, God's Best Creation

Mothers are one of the best creations of God. She has amazing powers. She can multitask without complaining. She cares for everyone without any demands. Read here and marvel at the wonder called - Mother.

By the time the Lord made mothers, he was into his Sixth day of working overtime. An Angel appeared and said, "Why are you spending so much time on this one?"
And the Lord answered and said, "Have you seen the special sheet on her? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic, have 200 movable parts, all replaceable, run on black coffee and leftovers, have a lap that can hold three children at one time and that disappears when she stands up, have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart, and have six pairs of hands."
The Angel was astounded at the requirements for this one. "Six pairs of hands! No Way!" said the Angel.
The Lord replied, "Oh, it's not the hands that are the problem. It's the three pairs of eyes that mothers must have!"
"And that's just on the standard model?" The Angel asked.
The Lord nodded in agreement. "Yes, one pair of eyes is to see through the closed door as she asks her children what they are doing even though she already knows. Another pair in the back of her head is to see what she needs to know even though no one thinks she can. And the third pair is here in the front of her head. They are for looking at an errant child and saying that she understands and loves him or her without even saying a single word."
The Angel tried to stop the Lord. "This is too much work for one day. Wait until tomorrow to finish. "
But I can't!" The Lord protested, "I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart. She already heals herself when she is sick AND can feed a family of six on a pound of rice and can get a two year old to stand in the shower."
The Angel moved closer and touched the woman, "But you have made her so soft, Lord".
"She is soft", Lord agreed, "but I have also made her tough. You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish."
"Will she be able to think?" asked the Angel.
The Lord replied, "Not only will she be able to think, she will be able to reason and negotiate."
The Angel then noticed something and reached out and touched the woman's cheek. "Oops, it looks like you have a leak with this model. I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one."
"That's not a leak." The Lord objected. "That's a tear!"
"What's the tear for?" the Angel asked.
The Lord said, "The tear is her way of expressing her joy, her sorrow, her pain, her disappointment, her loneliness, her grief, and her pride."
The Angel was impressed. "You are a genius, Lord. You thought of everything, for MOTHERS are truly amazing."
They have strengths that amaze men. They carry children, they carry hardships, and they carry burdens, but they hold happiness, love and joy. They smile when they want to scream. They sing when they want to cry. They cry when they are happy and laugh when they are nervous. They fight for what they believe in. They stand up for injustice. They don't take "no" for an answer when they believe there is a better solution. They go without new shoes so their children can have them. They go to the doctor with a frightened friend. They love unconditionally. They cry when their children excel and cheer when their loved ones get awards. They are happy when they hear about a birth or a new marriage. They are strong when they think there is no strength left. They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart. Mothers come in all sizes, in all colors and shapes. They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you to show how much they care about you. The heart of a mother is what makes the world spin! Mothers do more than just give birth. They bring joy and hope. They give compassion and ideals. They give moral support to their family and friends. Mothers have a lot to say and a lot to give.

On His Legacy

"If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long. Every now and then I wonder what I want them to say…I’d like somebody to mention that day, that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to give his life serving others. I’d like for somebody to say that day, that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to love somebody. I want you to say that day, that I tried to be right on the war question. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked. I want you to say, on that day, that I did try, in my life, to visit those who were in prison. I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.
“The Drum Major Instinct” (1968) "On His Legacy

Monday, October 14, 2013

Managing the Business World as a Woman

Women know how difficult it is to have a successful career.  The type of occupation is inconsequential because most businesses are dominated by men.  Most of the endorsements I receive from LinkedIn are from men.  That is when I realized the gender imbalance in business as I see the faces of 90% men who have endorsed me.  Most of my meetings are  held by men, but the best organizers in the world are women.  There are a few things I have found to be worthwhile in trying to maintain a career as a woman.  They are all common sense but still important:

  • Never let them see you sweat or cry.
  • Keep your cool.  Letting your temper soar  could be the biggest mistake in your career.  
  • Try not to turn anyone down.  Make a  compromise if feasible so that they go away relatively satisfied.
  • Dress your best.  Do not dress down on Friday's.  Always maintain a nice wardrobe. People remember and will never look at you the same if you show up in a plaid shirt and tattered jeans.  
  • Negotiate.  This is necessary in most jobs.  If you are negotiating a price to stay within your budget reject the first offer.   If the company needs the business they may come back and offer you a deal for thousands less than the original price.   
  • Always be available.  Keep your cell phone ready. You will need to respond to emails regardless of whether you are on vacation or not.  You can enjoy doing nothing when you retire or lose your job.
  • Do not be afraid to delegate.  One person cannot do everything and do it well.
  • Stay on the down low.  It is important to network and socialize but keep to yourself.  
  • Solve problems within your department.  Once you go outside you may open a can of worms and look inefficient.
  • Pick your battles carefully.  Do not try to win something that is not going to matter at the end of the day.  The battle could cost you an enemy that you do not need.
  • Never let anyone talk about sex.  Divert the conversation quickly.  As soon as they find you are not interested they will move on.
  • Stay confident and be the best you can be at your job.
  • A yearly increase is nice but so are benefits and keeping a job.  
  • Make sure you are always cordial with everyone.  You never know who might be calling and you want to remain on your best behavior.
  • When there are changes ride out the storm.  The tide usually changes if you can wait it out.
  • Keep allies but trust no one.  
  • Be self sufficient.  Only get help as needed.  Best to figure out how to work within your department.
  • Love what you do.  You will be happy and look forward to working.

Ernest Hemingway Quotes - BrainyQuote

Ernest Hemingway Quotes - BrainyQuote