I’ve had my share of bad managers – people overseeing me in the work place who were more than questionable in many areas. The mind boggles when trying to figure out how it is they got their position to start with. They sure do ruin the work place. In fact, one day I should blog for ‘the prospective employer’, because ‘bosses’ these days leave a lot to be desired. You’d think they’d know better – surely they can see/read the same rants and tips the rest of us do? I guess they really just don’t care. How sad that this is what ‘life in the workplace’ has become.
But as I stared at the picture, I saw it in a different light. Who’s my boss?
Reblog of an old post, because every now and then I need to remind myself, and others, about their ‘journey to excellence’.
via Meandering Along in the Journey of Mediocrity
She was 44 and we’d been friends for 22 years when the call came.
She had been diagnosed with cancer a few months before this, but the cancer had ravaged her body to the extent that these were the calls she was having to make.
She passed away about six weeks after that call. I’m thankful I had the opportunity to spend last moments in time with her, and that I was able to love her and say ‘see you later – keep me a place’.
But her life was too short and she was gone too soon.
I met a lady four years ago, on her seventieth birthday. Her life had been difficult and painful, having buried her husband in her thirties after losing their child, and then burying her other two children not even ten years later.
At the age of 65 she was diagnosed with cancer, and every day thereafter increased her suffering in this life.
On her deathbed, shortly before turning 71,she whispered to her sister,
“I’m ready to go now. I have been for a very long time. They’re waiting. Sometimes I think that this life of mine has just gone on too long.”
Some people say life is too short. Others say life is too long. I say that it doesn’t matter – it’s not worth anything unless you touch the lives and hearts of others in a positive way!
Let’s face it : life is not as pleasant or as safe as what it was in the past…and if things continue as they are, I don’t see that much will improve in the future.
“What’s the world coming to?”
A rhetorical question often asked in relation to negative changes that occur in everyday life – from television to radio, music to movies, health, safety – the list is endless.
Darkness absorbed the passage way, making it seem endless. They had forgotten to leave the light on for me. Terror gripped my small body, and I shakily made a run for it around the corner to my parents bedroom, tearful and fearful.
That was me as a child.
Now I seem more inclined to pretend I am lead singer for Simon and Garfunkel as I belt out loudly, “Hello darkness my old friend”.
I’ve always promoted the concept of inner beauty, stressing the importance of it to both my children (and pretty much anyone who will listen). So it’s surprising that after being missing in action, yet again, my comeback blog would be this one – something to do with outer beauty. I suppose that sometimes we just need to discuss growth in other aspects of life – not just all the amazing changes that are continuously happening inwardly.
Realistically, this has probably been sparked by the fact that I celebrated a ‘big birthday’ this year and the realisation has finally hit : outwardly I am beginning to age – sadly, Bryan Adams lied and I will not be 18 ’til I die 😛
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“I feel like I should go.”
“Whenever you’re ready.”
“Not yet. I think I’ll have some more juice first.”
She smiled and filled his glass, and then plopped into the chair next to him, sighing deeply. He smiled, raised his glass to her, and said,
“Here’s to us.”
She winked and gave him the biggest smile she could. Then she giggled,
“Happy Valentine’s Day.”
He rolled his eyes and they laughed together. They’d been together for ten years and had never yet ‘properly’ celebrated a Valentine’s Day together.
I watched the movie above (What About Bob?) when I was about twelve-years-old.
The brain of a 12 year-old is in the middle stage of a certain development and “As they move towards the next stage, Identity vs Role Confusion (around age 12), they begin to form values and challenge the self-confidence they have built over the preceding years. During this new phase, they seek to find the identity they will take with them into adulthood, along with the peers they feel reflect their values and sense of self.”
It is therefore not too surprising that I remember quite a few of the scenes from this movie. But there is one thing in particular that I remember….and as per the quotation above, it is also not surprising that it is something that I have carried with me my whole life…..and can still be heard saying repeatedly, “Baby Steps”.
They say you have two choices when it comes to biking :
Ride at your own risk. Don’t ride at all.
The same can be said for life. And here comes that favorite line of mine from the movie Shawshank Redemption :
“Andy Dufresne: [to Red] I guess it comes down to a simple choice: Get busy living, or get busy dying.”
Forget about yesterday – you cannot change it.
Don’t worry about tomorrow – it hasn’t happened yet.
Live today : Be kind to others, and yourself.
He’s a dancer. He is the only male, in an ocean of females, with a particular dance company. His life has been tough and finances are limited. He has incredible talent, and dancing is his passion and dream. When he gets on stage, the raw emotions of his life are incorporated into every moment, and leave me teary-eyed and amazed at the beauty that flows through his body.
We’ll call him Dino.