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168 Ways To Communicate Better Now Plus Two – 102 – 103 – 104

102. Send notes of appreciation.

It’s the right thing to do.

They make others feel good.

It makes you feel good.

103. Share with others.

You have more than you need.

It will enrich your life.

It creates community.  

104. Simplify your life.

You’ll have more time.

You’ll have less stress.

Your surroundings will be neater.

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Transform Thirsty Thursday into Thankful Thursday

            The Charleston, South Carolina River Dogs, a Class A baseball team, promotes Thirsty Thursday as a beer promotion in order to increase attendance at their games. It seems to be very successful although you don’t want to be on the nearby highways after the game.

            Thirsty Thursday is a good idea not for beer promotion but for all the people who are thirsty for recognition, for someone to recognize their work or simply to appreciate them. Over and over again you hear the complaint no one cares that I am even here. That’s why the yarn about a poor fellow in New York City who died at his desk and was not discovered for five days took traction. There are times when we all feel that way. It does not need to be this way. We can change it. We do not need to wait for a manager or supervisor to change the atmosphere.

            Resolve to transform Thirsty Thursday into Thankful Thursday. Each Thursday choose someone who has been helpful to you in some way and thank him or her. Telephone the person, write him or her a note or share the message in person. Both of you will receive a high from the experience but without the calories or dangerous side effects. Put a reminder on your desk, mirror or refrigerator. This is Thankful Thursday and I am thankful for______________. When you follow through, you will be amazed at the results. Expect the person to be embarrassed or skeptical, but do it anyway. You will experience a phenomenal reaction. The more you express your gratitude, the more thankful you will become.

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Transform Thirsty Thursday into Thankful Thursday

            The Charleston, South Carolina River Dogs, a Class A baseball team, promotes Thirsty Thursday as a beer promotion in order to increase attendance at their games. It seems to be very successful although you don’t want to be on the nearby highways after the game.

            Thirsty Thursday is a good idea not for beer promotion but for all the people who are thirsty for recognition, for someone to recognize their work or simply to appreciate them. Over and over again you hear the complaint no one cares that I am even here. That’s why the yarn about a poor fellow in New York City who died at his desk and was not discovered for five days took traction. There are times when we all feel that way. It does not need to be this way. We can change it. We do not need to wait for a manager or supervisor to change the atmosphere.

            Resolve to transform Thirsty Thursday into Thankful Thursday. Each Thursday choose someone who has been helpful to you in some way and thank him or her. Telephone the person, write him or her a note or share the message in person. Both of you will receive a high from the experience but without the calories or dangerous side effects. Put a reminder on your desk, mirror or refrigerator. This is Thankful Thursday and I am thankful for______________. When you follow through, you will be amazed at the results. Expect the person to be embarrassed or skeptical, but do it anyway. You will experience a phenomenal reaction. The more you express your gratitude, the more thankful you will become.

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52 Keys for Living, Loving and Working

            What are the keys that unlock the door to a fuller, richer, happier, more fulfilling life? What are those ingredients that foster mental, physical and spiritual well being? These questions are as old as time. No one has all of the answers, but centuries of human struggles and triumphs have revealed the ones that seem to be most effective when cultivated and exercised over a long period of time. There may be others that work well for you.  Add them to the ones presented here. All of humanity constantly strives to uncover the secrets that lead to a sense of well being and fulfillment. Although we all strive for happiness, the wisdom of the ages argues that happiness seems to be a byproduct of how we live our lives rather than a strategy to be mastered. The direction of all life is toward growth. Each experience, each encounter, each revelation prepares us for the next.  Each new insight opens even more vistas to us. Life continues to unfold before us if we are open to receive the lessons and if we are willing to push our boundaries beyond what we already know and what feels safe. The abundant life we crave does not reside in safety. Unless we are willing to step out in unknown territory and make ourselves vulnerable to pain and uncertainty our lives will remain unfulfilled and dim shadows of what could be. Life is meant to be an adventure into discovering who we are and our relationship to one another. Life is made up of a series of ever changing, ever evolving relationships that touch and create other relationships.

The Centrality of Faith

Faith is the foundation of all relationships, with God, with our self, and with others. We establish and develop relationships through faith. We decide whether or not we want to establish or maintain a relationship based on a mutual understanding that states, I believe that this will be good for each of us. We also decide whether or not to enter into a faith relationship with God and at what level. According to the Holy Bible only a minute measure of faith is required – our faith only needs to be as great as a mustard seed which is the smallest seed known. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” We must also have some measure of faith toward ourselves. This requires that we know who we are and what we are about – not an easy task. Establishing relationships demonstrates a basic faith that there is a tomorrow – a reason to live, love and hope.

The Keys

Be present                  

            Be present is by far the most important key. Be in the moment with your whole being not thinking of what will come next or what has happened in the past. Be in this moment fully committed to it. We need to glean from each moment what it has to reveal to us. This is the now. What is happening this very instant? We cannot detain the moment, or recall it, but we can easily miss it.

            When we are at work, we spend much of our time thinking about what we would like to be doing at home. Sometimes we are planning our vacation, thinking about our daughter’s impending wedding, thinking about our grandchildren or perhaps retirement. Our mind has temporarily taken flight. We are not present with the current project or with the other people in the room. We miss what is taking place in the moment.

            When we are at home, we think about what awaits at work again missing the now. We miss the smiles, sparkling eyes, sighs, stiffened body language and the lilt in the voice. We are focused on another place and time.

            Liza Minnelli, the fabulous Oscar, Emmy, Tony, and Grammy winner, has it right when she says, “If you’ve got one foot in yesterday and one foot in tomorrow, you’re missing today.”[1]


[1] Liz Smith. Parade Magazine. March 01, 2009

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