I have really enjoyed reading all the comments in this section.
Frozen, I particularly liked what you had to say about slowing things down and learning to accept that things are not always going to happen just the way you want them to. My family took several hits this year with some serious medical issues, which has caused me to step back and examine what really matters most in life. I was guilty of taking life way too seriously before. Now, I am learning to roll with life`s punches and laugh at myself and my mistakes. I still learn from them, but do not dwell on them.
Keycon, I liked what you said about taking a genuine interest in people and asking questions. I have learned to do more of that myself. The results have been very positive. I know so many people who are so completely wrapped up in themselves that a person cannot get a word in edgewise. It`s exhausting to try and talk with someone like that. Thus, I refuse to be like that. Plus, I think people are more comfortable with someone who is fully engaged in what THEY have to say. I think it earns you more respect, too.
Mostly, though, I have learned to accept things just as they are. It`s difficult to do, when most of us usually have at least some notion of how we would like things to turn out. I truly believe that applying a more Zen approach to both my personal and business life has made me more productive and a far happier person.
Thanks for all the insight. I look forward to reading more.
And, Happy New Year to you all!
As an administrative person for an engineering firm (my day job)...I would like to give major KUDOS for this particular quote!!!! You have NO idea how often the efforts and bending over backwards I do on a daily basis goes over looked. An occasional thank you would be nice from some of our clients. It is amazing how often you hear that the Admin/Recep/Etc. is the most important job in the company...and yet we get forgotten when it comes time to recognize! So thank you anika...I appreciate you comment very much!!!
Wow, and I thought we had a tough year in 06`. Kudos to you for making it through everything you have an still being able to see the positive.
As for moving to Boston, I`m glad it was the right thing for you. We lived in NH for almost 6 years and were all too happy to leave there. I guess we are Western or Mid-Western people at heart.
I`m truly sorry that you lost so much in 06`. I hope 07` is a very successful and much happier year for you.