Friday, 19 September 2003

September 19, 2003 Chautauqua

 
From the Editor's Computer     

   Each of us has countless opportunities throughout our days to make a positive difference in the lives of other people.  Random acts of kindness, taking the time to really listen to others, and helping someone in need, are all ways that we contribute to those who share our lives, be they friend or stranger. 

   I recently had the opportunity to help further the dream of a young man who’d almost given up on ever getting a break.  A chance comment by a stranger opened doors for this man that previously had be locked shut. 

   It’s a matter of being in the right place at the right time, but more importantly, it means caring for others.  How can you help someone today?
 
Beth

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Friday, 5 September 2003

September 5, 2003 Chautauqua

 
From the Editor's Computer     

 Everyone has their own reasons and motivations for choosing the jobs, work and careers that they do.

   Some people look for a job or career that pays extremely well.  Then, they spend the rest of their days struggling out of bed in the morning, forcing themselves to go to work at a job that they are growing to hate more and more, just because they get a hefty pay check every two weeks. 

   Of course, a subset of this group consists of those individuals who go to work expecting that same hefty pay check, but they don’t expect to actually do anything for it save sit around all day doing nothing.  Money truly does not buy happiness, health or peace of mind.

   Some people, on the other hand, choose a career based on the prestige and fame they will receive.  Little do they realize that fame is an illusion and the perks are fleeting.  They are constantly looking over their shoulder to see who’s threatening their position.  Their identity is jeopardized when the job ends.

   On the other side of the spectrum, are those individuals whose humanitarian efforts are largely unknown, but the results are appreciated by many as they work to better the lives of the underprivileged and downtrodden in our world.  They renounce money and fame in an effort to further their causes.

   The vast majority of us fall somewhere in the middle.  Whether you concentrate on the pay check or on the satisfaction of helping other people in your world, choose a job or career that you are enthusiastic about.  Your enthusiasm will be appreciated by those around you, and you will find that the work is more enjoyable in the long run.
 
Beth

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