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Living Color

Born in 1950, I am a dinosaur, who grew up in the days of black and white television.  Our view of the world and beyond appeared in lifeless shades of gray.   The First Moonwalk, July 20, 1969, came to life on our portable black and white TV.  It was considered portable, not because you could carry it with you, but because it was not encased in a cumbersome, wooden cabinet.

And then it happened!  Color TV was invented and flooded the market.  Stimulating hues tantalized our senses.  The world and the heavens came to life.

Color is a way to express our souls.  What we wear conveys a message, a first impression.  A co-worker once commented that all I wore were dark colors and that I should brighten up my look.  I was taken back by the loving criticism because I thought I had been conveying a professional image.   The REAL ME loves hot, Carribean colors.  How odd that I had chosen to silence my inner being and portray a somber image of black, navy and gray.

I am learning to listen to my spirit.  It is difficult to quiet the ego and soar as the Cardinal in his “here I am” red.  Be brave!   Join me!  Follow technology’s lead.  Cast off the blacks, whites and grays for LIVING COLOR.  Be bold!  Make a statement!  Grab a crayon.  It is your blank page to color every day.  Your inner child will thank you.

Thanks for the Unsung Heroes

There are so many unsung heroes I could never list them all.  Today, I want to focus on those that care for the ill and aged.

 Our bodies are miraculous creations.  Think of the complex systems that work in concert:  musculoskeletal system, cardiovascular system, digestive system, endocrine system, integumentary system, urinary system, lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, nervous system and reproductive system.  But when the delicate balance is destroyed, illness and injury prevail. 

Every day across this planet there are those who have elected to care for others.  As long as we are strong and cocky, we never give them a thought.  But, each one of us will become dependent on the kindness and knowledge of the medical community, those individuals who go to work each day to face heart wrenching stories with a smile.  Some battles they can win, some will be lost and others will gradually unfold.  Patient need is 24 hours, 7 days a week.  Illness and injury do not take weekends, vacations and holidays off.  

Healthcare is a business for the bean counters, which is a necessary evil, so that quality care is available.  But, the warriors are those who study and practice countless years.  They continue to learn, research and grow in their crafts as they treat their patients with compassion.  Their patients are given comfort and hope. 

My plea is that you take a minute to remember someone who has helped you in your darkest hour.   Give thanks and extend a hand to another as our unsung heroes do every day. 


Positively Positive

This past week POSITIVE has been attacking me from all sides.  A friend sent me a book by Joel Zeff, Make The Right Choice, Creating a Positive, Innovative and Productive Work Life.  His premise is that we all need Positive Support.  He walks through several examples of how to give positive support in the workplace.  Chapter Five is my favorite.  He states that Fun, Passion and Happiness are choices.  The onus is on the individual.  Challenges and frustrations pop up. It is how we deal with them that makes a difference.

On Thursday, my sister invited me to a book signing.  Title of the book is Profit from the Positive: Proven Leadership Strategies to Boost Productivity and Transform Your BusinessThere it is again!  Is this synchronicity or is the world going positively positive?   One of the authors, Margaret Greenberg, talked the talk and walked the walk.  She was vivacious and warm as she gave a short explanation of positive psychology and her career as a business coach.

My brain churned all that I had learned.  Was all this positive energy going to fry it?  I needed real life examples, not theories and empty promises.  Again, I asked and the universe provided.  The best teachers were standing in front of me, two boys, ages 12 and 10, who are my idols.  They swim competitively, having learned at a young age about hard work, discipline, winning and losing.  Swimming is an individual sport.  There is no passing the buck.  The will to dig deep resides within whether the ranking is twenty-sixth or first.

Last weekend I had the pleasure to witness the 4 day Eastern Zone 2013 Long Course Age Group Championship in Richmond, VA.  The pool area was packed with children from New England, Tri-state and Mid-Atlantic regions.  Each child endured hours of waiting to swim one or two events per day that would last 30 seconds to 4 minutes, depending on the event.  The positive energy from the children and the parents in the balcony was electrifying.

After the meet, I spent three days with my special heroes.  With all the intensity it takes to be a child athlete and student, there is always room for play.  Life is fun!  It is loaded with games, not just electronic and board games developed to entertain.   There are the ones that come to mind when trapped in a car for a long trip.  “I’m thinking of a number….” or “Twenty questions” or “Let’s see how many states we can see on license plates” or “Let’s go through the alphabet picking letters from signs along the highway” and my favorite, “Let’s look for Mustangs, convertibles, PT Cruisers, motorcycles, etc.”

As stated in the Nike logo, “Just do it”  and have fun at the same time.  Let the inner child out.  I am Positively Positive that is the path to happiness.

Margarita Recipe

Garret’s Key West Margarita

Fresh squeezed juice of 6 Key Limes

1 jigger of silver tequila

1 jigger of Triple Sec

1 jigger of Rose’s lime juice

Shake vigorously.  Pour over ice.

Float ½ jigger of Grand Marnier on top

Enjoy!  Repeat as needed!