Category Archives: Inspirational

Elevator Elevation

I know we all have had to use an elevator on occasion and had to share the space with other passengers.  Do you look at the other people?  Do you smile?  Do they smile back?

Do they look up?  Or at the floor? Or at the floor number display?  Anywhere but at the faces of their fellow passengers, preferring to stare at the backs of their heads.  Strangers gathered together in a relatively tiny space for a mutual purpose.

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There is no common reason for people unknown to each other to stand so close; bodies touching in a crowded small room, other than waiting to be taken to their floor destinations.  Invading the others’ space.  Body odors; perfume fragrances fighting for dominance.  Making room for “just one more.”  Standing back for the person using a walker or a mother carrying her baby.

A little over a week ago, I had to take an elevator to see my doctor.  There were three other persons who crowded into the tiny elevator with me.  A friendly-looking elderly woman with her walker and her companion, and a gentleman who had a scowl on his face.

When the elevator got to the second floor, I started to walk out.  On a whim, I turned and said, “Have a nice day.”

The three passengers were startled.  But, they all smiled and wished me the same – even the scowling man.

I’m assuming I put a little sunshine into the rest of their elevator ride, but the “feel good” bonus was mine for the rest of my day.

Never miss an opportunity to make others happy and enjoy the personal “elevating” rewards.

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Writing letters of recommendation should be a supplement to the annual review format

Thank you to PsychologistMimi for this indepth post about reasons for recognizing the value of employees in the workplace.

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The last four weeks have been a series of crazy events for me during which I have had to also think of the great attributes of my colleagues of friends as I have been asked to write letters of recommendation on their behalf. It seems to be quite an honor to be asked; or so I believe. As such I take them very seriously not only for my colleagues’ sake but also for my own. By focusing on the great attributes I get to learn a lot as well as to what I value and what I deem to be integral to a good working environment.  And for that I am grateful to have been asked to write these letters of recommendation. I have yet to say no to such a request for there is always something that can be highlighted and acknowledged.

Every employee should be valued as a…

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Body Image Experiment

Speaking of making a statement!!

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For many decades, the media has idealized their image of the “perfect woman”, going so far as to photo-shop pictures of models to inhuman proportions. Culture dictates that looks are important. The message comes across to females of all ages and shapes that they do not measure up. For many women, this expectation can damage their self-esteem.
In recent years, a backlash has been building against the media’s message, and rightly so. Many women, along with some men, are speaking out, their message being that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. It is time for us to be comfortable in our own skin.
In the following video, presented by HLN, Amy Pence-Brown puts her message forth by stripping down to her underwear in the middle of an outdoor market. The response is heartwarming.

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The Friday File – Synchronicity & Compassion on Route #92

My friend, Cher, posted this beautiful story. I believe it should be shared again and again. Love for one another is still going strong among strangers.

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Compassion

It’s been a very interesting week here in Chicago.  A few days ago, I was about to take my usual train to a location that is approximately one hour from our area.  Upon approaching the train station, I noticed a bus nearby.  That particular bus also travels in the direction I was heading, but rarely do I take it.  For reasons unbeknownst to me at that moment, I found myself walking up and onto the bus!  Okay, I’ll go with it and see what the day brings.  Traveling by train or bus in Chicago can afford you the time to listen to your favorite music, stare out the window, read, or simply ‘veg’ as my mother likes to say when relaxing.

I was listening to my IPod (yes, I still use one of those!) when there was a slight pause before the next song started.  We were at a bus…

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Dog and Dolphin Friendship

This morning, I found a delightful video of two unlikely friends:  a friendly pooch and a fascinating porpoise in the ocean.  The porpoise saves the dog’s life more than once.

It’s a lovely, sunny, blue-skyed day here in South Florida, and this video added, in my mind, some of those small, puffy clouds I love, topping off the morning for me.

Very well done.  You will enjoy it.

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A Challenge Of Quotes – Third Day

 

Thanks, Dr. Horty Rex for this challenge.  Phew!  This was a difficult one.

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A Challenge Of Quotes – Second Day

Thanks to Dr. Horty Rex for this challenge.

Cherish the best

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A Challenge Of Quotes

Dr. Horty Rex challenged three bloggers to publish quotes in consecutive days.  I was perplexed at first; having not done anything like that before.

Well, here’s the first one, Horty.

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Rules of the Three-Day Quote Challenge

Thank the blogger who nominated you.
Publish a quote on 3 consecutive days in your blog.

It can be your own, or from a book, movie or from anyone who inspires you.

Nominate 3 more bloggers to carry on this endeavor.

I nominate the following bloggers to continue this inspiring challenge:

http://kraftycatcreations.wordpress.com/

http://smilingnotes.wordpress.com/

http://thechicagofiles.wordpress.com/

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Road To Heaven

 

Every two years, the stars align with the road in Ireland.

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Valentina, The Whale, Is Saved

I came across a wonderful video of the saving of a whale!  The rescuers were members of The Great Whale Conservancy.  While boating in the Sea of Cortez, they happened upon a young female humpback whale that they thought was dead.  There was no movement.

When they got closer, the whale blew air out of her blow hole.  She evidently was signalling she was in distress.

I was so glued to the 8-minute video, that I was almost holding my breath while watching the heroic efforts on the part of the boaters.

Michael Fishback, one of the founders of the Conservancy, narrates the encounter.  It was discovered that that poor whale was grossly entangled in a fishing net, which prevented her from moving.

Their website is http://www.greatwhaleconservancy.org and please join them in helping to save these magnificent animals.

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