In the next several weeks as we celebrate the holidays, chances are we will likely be with more people than at any other time of year. Whether it’s your or your spouses holiday party, the kids holiday pageant or at a neighbors party, they’ll be plenty of opportunities to see and meet others.
This is a time to build, rekindle and foster relationships. As John Donne so aptly put many years ago and Barbara Streisand so beautifully sang, “No man is an Island” and “People who need people are the luckiest people in the world”!Read More
September often represents a new beginning and new beginnings can bring hope. It did every year I was in school – my dad’s annual movies started with the first day of school. September still does signal a beginning as the lazy days of summer wane and we gear up for fall & the holidays. Unfortunately September also brings memories of the tragic events of 9/11/01. As we remember the stories, the victims, the fear, we also need remember how we pulled together as neighbors, friends, people helping people.Read More
By Guest Author, Friend and Colleague, Nel Roche
Several years ago on an unusually warm day in February, I was talking with a good friend of mine at the park about the ups and downs of our professional lives while our children played on the swings. My friend (whom I shall name John) looked particularly tired having been up most the night with a sick child. We had similar conversations before about the difficulties of raising kids and pursuing professional lives at the same time and how sometimes we felt inadequate at both. Both of us may have been a little moody since he had no sleep and I had just started a diet.
John was also stressed that day about his family’s finances. Trying to be of some help, I asked John if there were opportunities to build his cleaning business. He replied with a look of exasperation, “I just don’t want to keep putting my ladder against the wrong wall.” I knew that John was never keen on his cleaning business which he began after college, but it seemed to be maintaining a steady source of income, allowing him time with his family and community involvement. When I probed further to ask if he thought about finding a new career, he sadly said, “Why would anyone even want me?”Read More