Note to self: take your own advice!

Years ago, in a group discussion, someone made the comment:
“I can’t do this – I’m in my forties now. I can’t learn new skills like when I was in my twenties.”

WRONG thing to say!

I started with, “… well, why don’t you just “fold” it, get in a rocking chair and watch the grass grow?!”
And continued with more of the same. All said with a smile. It worked.

Teaching is so rewarding
Seeing the potential in others; even when they can’t see it themselves.
Knowing, and using, the effective tools of positive teaching.

I know that and yet, for the better part of this week I had a bleak view of the world.
And it showed in casual conversations with remarks like these, “People in their twenties change the world. They have the idealism necessary to do it.”
I almost turned around to look for the person saying that…

Yes, people in their twenties can change the world. And so can people in their thirties, forties, fifties, and so on.
Lincoln, my favorite president of all times, was elected when he was in his fifties.
Sanders started the Kentucky Fried Chicken well into his sixties.

The cause of my temporary cloudy view of the world
I volunteer in the community for several organizations. Part of my “duty” this week was to inform myself all I could about a specific case; so I had to read a voluminous report cover to cover.
I won’t go into details except to say: it’s not the kind of reading one looks forward to it.
Reading one page can elicit emotions at the opposite ends of the spectrum.

Notes to self
Lessons learned: very low tolerance for human ugliness.
Side effects: gloomy outlook.
Action to be taken: make this the last time you do this.
Know Thyself! And take your own advice!

On a lighter note
Sunny, my feathered-kid, needed to go to the vet for grooming.
As usual, I was more nervous than him. Luckily the doctor, and the staff, were so nice.
(Read: they indulged all my requests.)

Once the grooming was done, we all enjoyed watching Sunny and Flipper getting the treats I brought along: pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
He loves them – especially the sunflower.)

Next time I’ll take two kinds of treats: seeds for Sunny and Flipper; chocolate for me and the staff.
We all deserve some treats.

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/Comments/in Learning,Management/by Mariana Fieraru
Mariana Fieraru
Mariana Fieraru, an Eastern European transplant, fell in love with her new home shortly after landing in New York. She "discovered" pizza! Years later she still loves pizza. And so do her two feathered-kids, Sunny and Flipper

Mariana worked on both, the east and the west coast.
Big or small, each project she worked on helped define the importance of gaining and sustaining a competitive edge in an increasingly complex business environment.

Business know-how, love of teaching and writing – all combined in 2006 to form OBI.
Its mission: to make learning fun! And easy.

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