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Inside Primping


Two more thoughts from was Linda Ellis’ Living Your Dash, Make Every Moment Matter.

Every day we groom, primp, add lotions, makeup, gels, jewelry, etc. in order to improve our outward appearances. We pin, clasp, dangle, and clip to dress up our “outside me.” What accessories are we adding to our “inside me?” Are we accessorized appropriately with love, compassion, kindness, and generosity? If we walked around with our “inside me” showing, would we be pleased with what we saw?

 “Would they not see a difference or would they grieve in sorrow if your inside today became your outside tomorrow?”

WYSIWYG – What you see is what you get? There are two questions to this: 1. Is it? Are we really getting what we see? 2. Would anyone want it after really seeing it? Hmmm….

I Infection also known as the Me Monster. I infections are difficult to recognize in ourselves. The ability to listen attentively is one of the most admirable qualities anyone can possess. It’s an art, a gift, and a trait. Learn to listen without having to share your “also” story.

“Randomly interjecting your personal experience into conversations does not confirm that you are listening, but shows that you believe that what you have to offer is better, worse, or more entertaining….When we open our ears to really hear, we simultaneously open our hearts.”

Wow. This one smacked me square between the eyes. I’ve been doing this for years. I thought it showed I had been listening and to prove I could empathize with the speaker, I would share a similar story.  Looks like it’s time I try some antI-biotics.

Cite:  Ellis, L. (2011) Living Your Dash: Make Every Moment Matter. New York: Sterling Ethos Publishing, Inc.



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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