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31 Days of Wishes – I Wish for Less December 6, 2010

Filed under: Learning By Example — Amber Whitener - Virtual IT Assistant @ 2:33 pm
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My wish is for less… or fewer, whichever word is grammatically appropriate. ๐Ÿ™‚

I could list a whole stack of things I would love to have more of: time, vacation, friends, money, and so on. Isnโ€™t it nice to think about what you would wish to get less of? We are born conditioned to want more and more and more. And yet many of us all realize at some point that more really isnโ€™t what we want at all.

What we really want is: enough.

Over the weekend, I started to realize that wishing for more time is just a waste of time. So I refocused my wishes to something that actually would give me more time.

I wish for:

  • less wasted time on thoughts or memories that I can do absolutely nothing about but still somehow manage get me down a bit
  • fewer times that I get so stressed out and tell my kids…” just a minute” then realize 20 minutes later I left them hanging just so I could… you know… “just get this done really quick!” :{ Yeah, I did that too much this year.
  • fewer detours
  • fewer illnesses
  • less depressing junk (wish I could use another word there) on tv or in my reading materials
  • less junk food… (This is the most difficult time of the year to with for that isn’t it?!

Most of all I wish for less stress. Maybe that means I need to wish for fewer moments to occur in which I allow things to pile up and come crashing down. Maybe it means that I need to wish for less impatience when things don’t go perfectly.

โ˜† Happy Holidays โ˜† with less of what you don’t need. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Labor Day: Not Just an American Holiday September 6, 2010

Filed under: Learning By Example — Amber Whitener - Virtual IT Assistant @ 12:25 pm
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Labor Day:Just American?When you go to Wikipedia and look up Labor Day, you’ll find yourself reading a lot of “blah, blah, blahs”.

What is this holiday is all about? In short, it was about how a bunch of American workers simply got fed up with unfair labor situations (and significantly lost wages) and decided to go on strike for their rights. After about a week of this strike, they got what they wanted and a national holiday to recognize the true value in the labor force.

Think about it: Would you be able to stand up for your own unfair labor situation?

So while Labor Day, to us, probably means many things:

  • A three-day weekend
  • One last summer cookout
  • The unofficial end to summer
  • A weekend of great sales at Macy’s and Targets all across America
  • And maybe even an extra day of rest for those of us who are overworked

It’s really about fairness, happiness, and moral/ethical obligations. No matter where you happen to live in the world, you realize how important these attributes are in any workplace.

The meaning of this holiday this year seems to reach beyond just an old American tradition; it seems to have more significance in the entire global workforce. Labor Day is the day that we are focusing on societal working conditions.

  • So, what are your working conditions like?
  • Do you work too many hours for too little in return?
  • Are you getting the credit for all the work that you do?
  • Are you happy with whatever it is that you do?
  • Think about it, and make sure that you recognize that

Life is too short to answer unfavorably to any of those questions. Write down a few things you want to be different by NEXT Labor Day.

 

Happy Memorial Day May 31, 2010

Filed under: Work at Home — Amber Whitener - Virtual IT Assistant @ 7:46 pm
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I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday weekend. My Monday post will be on Tuesday this week. We all want to say thank you to the troops for their courage and service to our country.

Peace Dove

Hope for Peace

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