Sunday, November 23, 2008

10 Reasons to be thankful

Abby says:
I cannot remember a time in my life where everything around me was so negative and so many people were unhappy. While I think the economy is very bad, I also think the national news media has done a number on us. You can't turn on the TV without someone analyzing and criticizing yet none of them seems to suggest solutions to the current mess. The owner of my favorite lunchtime haunt came up to me the other day and said, "Hey we need to figure out how to take all this negative publicity and turn it into something good -- something that thrives during hard times and can help people." I am totally on board.

The negativity continues in and around the periphery of my circle. People around me have recently died. One just took his own life. One other admitted to relating to how he feels. That is scary. One friend is possibly losing her husband. It's not working out. I remember how that feels. One friend's mother is in the hospital -- again. Family members of mine are struggling in many ways. Yet another is still recovering from a bad accident.

Through all of this I still try to see the positive and light at the end of the tunnel. Mostly, I am thankful for what I have. Here are my top 5 reasons to be thankful. They are overly simple, but that's ok:

* Thankful to have a family members in my hometown

* Thankful to have a good network of friends

* Thankful to have a roof over my head

* Thankful to have a job

* Thankful I know enough to be thankful

Sheri says:

I have had many negative things happen to me lately. Of course I have shared them with Abby. My personal life is in shambles and some other scary things are going on. Also, as Abby mentioned, a friend of ours committed suicide. Throw in money struggles and computer problems (my lifeline!) and I've had every legitimate excuse to be down on life.

Yet, I am not. I have laughed a lot this week. The ridiculous, over-the-top, can't get your breath kind of laughter. I have slept soundly which is something that I have struggled with for years. I have looked to the future with a stronger sense of self. It's pretty appropriate that these revelations have happened to me during the Thanksgiving season.

To Abby's list, I say "ditto for me." So my list will be a little sillier:

  • I'm thankful that the dark circles beneath my eyes are fading.

  • I'm thankful that my dog sleeps on my bed and growls if she hears anything suspicious.

  • I'm thankful that we're headed into prime eating season and I could stand to gain a little weight.

  • I'm thankful that my computer is fixed and my email is once again doing its job.

  • I'm thankful that I"m starting to like the person I see reflected in the mirror.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Beauty and the Beast of Change

Sheri says:

For someone who avoids change, I must admit to some revelations:

* Most changes I’ve been forced into have turned out reasonably well.
* Most self-made disastrous predictions were proven false.
* Even the hardest changes have provided some valuable learning experiences.

I’m trying to embrace change with a more open mind. This old dog doesn’t change her spots very well but I’m willing to work on it.

Abby says:

I’m a total change agent and have been since I can remember. I view it as when one door closes another door opens.

Once upon a time when Sheri and I worked together long ago in our banking days, we navigated through some pretty turbulent waters every time our company acquired another bank. Which was often. Everyone around us got scared wondering if there was still a slot for them – or if their slot would be eliminated. There was always whispering, gossip and negativity. It was terribly unproductive.

I never looked at it that way. To me, it was a challenge to see what good things we could make out of every curve ball thrown our way. That attitude has served me well to this day.

To me, changes are bumps in the road. Some are bigger and more uncomfortable than others. Eventually the ugly beast leads the way to the raving beauty.

Sheri has recently encountered some big changes. Some cool and unusual opportunities have come of them.