A dirty four letter word!

I was driving east on I-70 in Colorado, just west of Denver, when a friend on the phone suggested that I stop and see Mt. Evans.

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A 15 mile road, which is the highest paved road in North America, leads you to a heavenly sight. I really didn’t think much about the journey to the top because I was enjoying awesome views –  green trees, streaming water jetting down from the mountain, blue skies. I could see cars moving along near the top of the mountain, but even then I wasn’t thinking about what was to come.  It was somewhere around the timberline that I turned a corner and faced a dirty four letter word – FEAR!  Yes, I’m afraid of heights.  Glancing to my left I saw the edge of the road blend in with the sky and my whole being felt ill; my arms tensed and I could feel a tingling sensation running down the back of my neck.  Thoughts of turning around entered my mind, but there was no way I could make a hundred and eighty degree turn and just the thought of trying gave me the heebie-jeebies. I crept forward, like a tortoise, until I arrived at the first turn-off.  As I got out of the car, I noted a chiseled  rock sign near a path that read – Mind Your Step. Wow, as if I needed a reminder!

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It was at this point on my self-guided tour that I knew I had to face my fears to get to the top.  So, I mustered up enough nerve to…hitch-hike!  Sometimes a fear that would keep you from reaching your goals can be resolved with a little help from a friend.  J.T. and Rebecca were more than happy to watch me squirm in the back seat of their truck. Well, J.T. was. Rebecca couldn’t see me because she had her eyes closed and kept reciting the Lord’s Prayer! I knew I was in good hands.

Well, I made it to the top! And, I’m proud to say, back down again.  I’ll always remember this venture as being the time that I was…um, resourceful. Brave? Not so much…well, maybe just a little.

IMG_1378How about you? Do you have any fears that keep you from reaching your goals?  

Be resourceful to Mind Your Own Business at Home, Work or Play.

Making your Smile Right!

 

“Smile at each other. Smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other- it doesn’t matter who it is- and that will help to grow up in greater love for each other.”
― Mother Teresa

In an effort to “mind my own business”, I signed up for the Launch Conference.  Going to any conference takes work and, let’s face it, it is an investment.  The investment often includes a monetary cost as well as a cost of time – time away from my family and the clients with whom I work.  So, when I participate in a conference I look for a return on my investment.  This could consist of something that will help me be better at what I do, who I am, or something that I can share with you that will enhance your life.  The Launch Conference, for me, has been incredibly beneficial.  The speakers have been great, and what I find equally as great are the people I get to meet who are attending this conference.

This afternoon, during a work session on discovering personal life assets, I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Derrick Tennant, who I learned is a comedian with a powerful life story of his own.  He shared that one of his life assets is his sister , Julie.  Derrick introduced Julie to me by way of this video that I suggest you watch.  I believe Julie can be a life asset for all of us.

Enjoy and share a smile with Julie – smiling is good for you and it’s contagious!  Hey, Julie, I Love My Life Too!

 

Not just for kids!

Yesterday, our Pastor asked the kids of the congregation what they were going to do to make the Year, 2012, a good year.  He challenged them to think of some ways in which they could make the world a better place.  As we move forward into a year of changes and opportunities in the business of healthcare, this is a question that we should all contemplate.

Walt Disney once wrote that there were three types of people in this world: “Well Poisoners,” who criticize and try to tear people down rather than build them up; “Lawn Mowers, ” good people who do their jobs, pay their taxes, and take care of their families and homes but never venture beyond their own yards to help others; and “Life Enhancers,” who by their kind words and deeds enhance the lives of others and leave their world a better place for having lived.

As we set our goals for 2012, let’s look for ways in which we can be “Life Enhancers”.  Be an encourager to your staff, show compassion to your patients, be a mentor, a leader, a friend.  Begin this year by Minding Your Own Business and giving yourself to enhancing life of those around you. How will you make the Year, 2012, a good year? – It’s not just a question for kids.

Go ahead, Practice with a Purpose!