Another Dog Story
We brought our dogs to Brooklyn two years ago and they’ve done pretty well on the streets of New York. And now, like us, they’re going home.
Home is now in Las Vegas again. And while I’ll continue to live in Brooklyn and work in NYC, they’ll be back where they started. They and I have learned a lot here: they like walking with me no matter where it is, getting to know new routes and people and dogs is a fun experience, and sniffing the streets here is like you and me going to a buffet. And in these things, they’re a lot like you and me: we all adapt quickly when we’re with those we love and trust, and it’s good to remember to seek out the familiar in the midst of change; experiencing and getting to know new things is how any of us grow in life, and when that stops we start to grow old and slow down; and sniffing out all that’s new and exciting (and tasty) is something we should never cease nor grow tired of.
Life is full of changes and we should view these as opportunities to learn and grow. And even better if those changes are done with those we love and trust. While everyone says they’re okay with change, deep down we all like things to stay the same so that we can deal with the familiar and comfortable. But try as we might,change often takes us into uncharted areas full of anxiety and worry….that is, until we get a little experience and familiarity, and then it all feels good again. So as we settle in to the second month of 2013, embrace the opportunities that the New Year brings and find ways to enhance your knowledge, experiences and friendships. That’s how to get the most out of life.
My message this week is about doing all you can to be as good as you can:
“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, or call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” Jane Howard
Hilary Clinton once wrote that it takes a village to raise children to become responsible adults. This concept - of a group of like-minded people coming together for a common purpose - is not unlike the environment needed at work to produce excellent results. Because people who work together need to come together to provide the kind of services needed to attract, satisfy and retain customers. And whether you’re a line employee or a supervisor, you need to act responsibly and professionally in order to do your part to satisfy these needs. So make sure you know what’s needed and what you can do to make your efforts as good as they can be. Do that with the kind of positive attitude that motivates and inspires others. That’s called a team….and whoever you are, you need one!