How’s Your Support?

So, how is your support system? How are they treating you? How are you treating them? Our support systems can be wonderful and they can be aggravating. And they may say the same thing about us. A first consideration is how they are supportive. There are those we hang out with, chit-chat with and never…

Why Wait? (Part Two)

There are two types of situations where I see people most likely to put their life on hold and wait for “the right thing” to come along and make them happy. One is in their job, and the other is in their relationships, most often romantic relationships. These are two of the most important parts…

Why Wait? (Part One)

There is a lot to be enjoyed in the world, enough to fill the entirety of life from the beginning to the end. In many ways, it’s right there in front of us, to be had at will. Yet some people hold off fulfillment until it arrives in the way that they want it to,…

No More Networking Nightmares

Nothing strikes fear into my professional heart like networking. I dread it! I would rather file documents, make cold calls, or present to a room of 300, before attending a networking activity. It shocks me how much fear this activity creates for me. I’m a social person – I know how to make and keep…

Expressing Anger

There are two places/times where I allow myself to express my anger. One is in my car at long red lights on backed up roadways or at other drivers who upset me. I tend to use colorful language and hand gestures in quite inappropriate ways, although typically in a manner where others are not able…

Trust

Can you really have a meaningful relationship without trust? Without it, aren’t you always holding back, to some degree? I think so. The lack of trust always means the presence, to some degree, of uncertainty and doubt, and the need for protectiveness. After a breach in trust, this is even more true. A betrayal sensitizes…

A Matter of Perspective

Perspective, or a way of regarding situations, facts, etc. – and judging their relative importance – can allow us to keep our calm in stressful situations and appreciate positives hidden in everyday life. For instance, I recently watched my friend run into her kitchen after one of her kids screeched, “Oh no!” following some sort…

Capturing Humanity

Our lives are made up of thousands of stories. Those stories are made up of infinite moments that shape who we are and how we perceive the world. I love hearing people’s stories. I love getting a brief glimpse into their lives. Which is one of the reasons I love the blog, Humans of New…

Regaining Value

Past performance does not guarantee future results. This phrase is used in the investment world as a caution that simply because a stock doubled in price last year does not mean it will continue to double indefinitely or even keep going in a positive direction. As investors, we don’t have an impact on whether a…

Snakeskins and Pioneers

As a snake ages, it regularly sheds its skin for a new one. The new skin starts forming even before the former one has been shed, but it inevitably has to get rid of the old skin in favor of the new. Without this shedding, the snake cannot continue to grow. People can be the…