Consoling Others

When we say there are no words that can express my feelings, we are speaking the truth.

What people facing adversity need is someone to listen to them not speak well intended empty words.

The depth of how long and how intense to listen is in direct proportion to how long and intense your friendship is.

Even poor listeners can rise to the occasion and look the other person in the eyes and just listen.

It doesn’t even take a major crisis or loss to console another.  Just lend them your ear and listen.

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Anxiety Rules

  1. No one can give you their drama and angst without your permission.
  2. Remember the number 50 that represents the percentage of people who suffer from anxiety health issues. This way you are constantly aware of the price you will be paying if you are not mindful of the effects of stress.
  3. People and digital devices cause the most stress. Disconnect from email, texting, the internet and social media as often as possible.
  4. Meditate, exercise, conduct deep breathing or pray to keep from internalizing the stresses of life.

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Disappointment

Disappointment is a test to see how badly we really want something.

If you don’t want it, you won’t be all that disappointed in the long run after the initial reaction.

But if you do, channeling disappointment to further your resolve is a hidden gift.  After all, we often don’t know what we want and when we get it, we are over it quickly.

Don’t overlook the power of disappointment.  It is a hidden motivator that drives us closer to our goals and dreams.

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Rudeness

Rudeness is now being baked into our society. 

We are distracted from others. 

Unavailable. 

Focused on our devices not the present. 

We Yelp when we are angry and ignore everyday life.

Try to be an icebreaker.  Start conversations.  

Smile and look approachable even among people you see every day. 

Don’t judge.  

Digital life is an addictive distraction.  Anything you can do to offer someone a break from it will be more welcomed than you think. 

You don’t have to be rude.

Or upset because someone else is.  

You can be the friendly alternative.  

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Managing Email

Email is not a replacement for a conversation.

Any attempt to use email as a “shorter” conversation will end up creating more email.

Yes, even a phone call can cure endless emails back and forth.

We’ve all seen many types of email from what looks like a snail mail letter to incoherent and misspelled phrases.

There are many programs that claim to manage email but the real secret is how it is used.

  1. Do not ask any questions that you are not prepared to have to answer. 
  2. Ask what would happen if you called that person or didn’t send the email.  
  3. If you must email, start off with the main point and stick to it.
  4. Email (like texting and social media) is addictive even when we say we see it as a burden.  Putting it off or having email assigned automatically to predetermined files may not help.   
  5. See email as a tool, the way texting is a tool. 

I am an Apple Watch user and handling email on it is better in my opinion than on a phone or laptop.  The watch lets you dictate a response and even for a long-winded radio/TV guy like me, it’s amazing how quickly you can get to the point and move on to the present.

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