Friday, 21 May 2004

May 21, 2004 Chautauqua


From the Editor's Computer     

   It is interesting how each of us have our own preferences and ideal ways to spend a day.  In our minds each of us has the ideal form of work we’d like to do.

   Last week I was helping put the finishing touches on this year’s BoomTown Trail Tales for the Trail.  Even though it took hours, I was thoroughly enjoying the process and watching the various pages take shape.  My co-worker in this venture thought she was being tortured!  I was doing something that comes fairly naturally to me, while my co-worker was struggling to accomplish something she knew she had to do.  As we were approaching the ten hour mark (and seemed no closer to finishing than we’d been at the five hour mark), my co-worker could not believe that I do precisely what we were doing that day, every two weeks.  It boggled her mind.

   If you are fortunate enough to have found a calling that renews you, no matter how many hours you have to spend on it - and if you really love it, time is meaningless - then you have found a gold mine.  You will be enriched and will grow as a person every time you approach that particular task.  Work will seem more like play, and you will feel relaxed and refreshed even after hours and hours.

   While I love what I do, and it seems more like I’m playing than working, the job itself is not perfect.  Things go wrong and there are always areas for improvement.  I really enjoy the whole process a lot more when computer equipment is working properly and people submit their items on time.

   There is no perfect job, but there is a job that is perfectly suited for you.  Have you found that job yet? 

Beth

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Friday, 7 May 2004

May 7, 2004 Chautauqua


From the Editor's Computer     

   After the past week and a half of various challenges coming my way, I have determined that there are two main reasons why troubles and problems come into our lives.

   The first reason, I believe, is to stretch our minds and make us become more creative.  When the usual solutions don't work, there is nothing else to do, but to come up with a more creative solution.  It then becomes a challenge to find the right resource to get the right support...whether a person or information.  It then truly becomes a case of "who you know" which makes the difference between success or more problems.  If you can’t get in the front door or the back door, you have to come up with an innovative means of entering through the window of opportunity.  Above all else, one must never give up.

   The second reason is so that we end up owing our friends for major favours!  If you are lucky, your friends won't actual keep a score card as to who owes whom more!  While we are individuals, we are not isolated.  We need other people to support and help us when life is more challenging than usual.  As well, others may have expertise or talents which we haven’t developed.  Each of us has an unique contribution to make to others, and if we can help those around us, so much better.  It is true that two heads are better than one, and three or more can generate multiple ideas.

    So, to all my friends who helped me out during this challenging time...THANKS! 

Beth

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