This year included being a participant in an Executive Program that took me to Richmond, Kansas City, Denver, Salt Lake City, AtlantaandTampa. Sheila Says continued weekly, often twice weekly. The email responses from some of the posts let me know that I had shared something that you were thinking about also; while the silence on others let me know that the message was mine alone. As we head into a new year, I wanted to share a simple summary of this year’s postings.
The Shoebox Management System gave us a simple system of keeping our financial papers tidy in a small place. Treat Your Customers Like Neighbors reminded us some simple ways to provide quality customer service in a competitive world. Don’t Stop Running Until You Cross The Finish Line discussed how many of us stop just short of the finish line. We worked too hard to forget to dot the “i” and cross the “t” or to take all of our hard work and present it in a manner worthy of the work completed. In the story of The Brown Leather Coat, three simple questions helped us determine when to purchase new equipment and when to maintain the existing inventory. Borrowing from another leadership article by Timothy Clark, we were reminded that vision has three functions: to educate, to motivate, and to coordinate.Dream! Plan! Commit! Do! showed us visionary goals for 2011, while What’s Next? reminded us of the importance of a mentor in our lives to keep us on the path we chose. My Father’s Advice reminded us that as long as we do our best, we have what it takes to succeed.
Being a prodigious reader, many of the posts reviewed books I read earlier this year:
- Is It Me or Is it Nuts Out There? is a book by Whoopi Goldberg noting the rudeness and lack of boundaries by people.
- Freedom is beautifully written and an excellent read that I highly recommend.
- Life of Pi isa book that kept me intrigued from page one; what a unique way to tell a tragic story.
- Prophet of Purpose is a book about Pastor Rick Warren that also explained how the Baptist faith began in the 1500s with Martin Luther posting 95 tenets to the WittenbergChurch’s door stating, “This is what I strongly believe.”
- Blink was an enlightening read that explained that “know that you know but don’t know how you know” the right thing to do phenomena. It is my favorite Malcolm Gladwell book I’ve read so far.
- Living Well With Hypothyroidism gave many suggestions on how to live better with this condition. The book paralleled many situations, hints, and suggestions that I’ve discovered and gave me a few new ones.
- 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life reminded us to keep an attitude of gratitude. Each day we are to read an uplifting article, do at least 3 good things for others, and write at least 1 thank you note.
- The Happiness Project was an excellent book that helped us to determine our own healthy resolutions, commands to live by, secrets of adulthood, and to understand that though happiness does have a set point in people, there are things we can do to raise it to the higher level of normal.
- One Simple Act explained the how the Science of Gratitude and the Science of Forgiveness as well as how Giving Thanks and Giving Encouragement and Generously Listening and Generously Giving assists the 10 Rules for Happier Living.
- Out Live Your Life discussed the importance of leaving a legacy.
This year added new family members to my Cloud of Witnesses. We said sad farewells to Sassafras, Cousin Larry, and Uncle Sam. It is fitting then that 2011 was the year that two of my short stories written during 2010’s snow week went national. In 2011, Sassafras the Study Cat was picked up by Chicken Soup of the Soul series and Blanket of Love was picked up by Love Is A Verb series.
Thank you for coming along with me on my writing journey this year. I’m not sure yet what the 2012 blog will discuss, but I promise whatever is written will be authentic and current at least about what is going in my life or thoughts. Stay tuned and keep sharing your thoughts, either here, on Facebook, though email or all the other ways you reach out.
You are loved!