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My Way- The Key to A Successful Life

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Cats Always Do It “Their Way”

One of my best friend’s father has a trademark song that he will sing on any occasion, “My Way.”    It’s not that he is the best singer it is just that he has created a remarkable life and the song reflects his personal direction and discipline.   My friend’s father had an amazing loving relationship with his late wife, raised four successful, beautiful daughters, is a “Kappa Alpha Psi Man,”  and is a highly respected Washington, D.C. community leader.  He is also a noted scientist and a veteran of the U.S. army.   Just recently at age 85 he received a Ph.D.  Truly he has done it “his way'” and the world is better for it.

 

 

 

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Humility Has Its Advantages

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I love shopping on Amazon.  I buy books, cards and search for hard to find items, handy household items, and of course, products for Grace, the cat. Recently while listening to one of my favorite podcasts, “The James Altucher Show, ”  the guest mentioned the humility of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.  Bezos is the richest man in the world.   He is, by many accounts, a transformational leader with a vision that has helped his company to grow, succeed, and adapt to new trends.

Yes,  Bezos is a man who has faced challenges personally and professionally, but I chose to believe that the company he seeded has brought us all a little more ease and joy.  Thanks, Jeff.

 

Koko “The Curious”

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Koko, the domestic shorthair, has been spending time with me here in Brookland, Washington, D.C.   She is, because of the increased traffic in my burgeoning neighborhood, a house cat.  Still,  she finds windows and viewing and squeaky mouse toys to her liking.

She does some television viewing,  “The Defenders,”   and while she is not a regular watcher of “Game of Thrones,” she is every bit a queen.    Her favorite perch it would seem is on my lap while I sit at my desk.   She is curious about everything. – the contractors, mail delivery,  traffic and birds that perch on my windows.

 

Queen Koko at “Work”

 

 

Validating Circumstances

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There is discussion these days about the impact that our friends and our lifestyle decisions have on our personal and professional development.  New research shows we tend to develop traits of those with whom we spend the most time.  Experts say our “Top Five” play a role in our decisions.  As the  adage goes: ” We are the company we keep.” Often, we don’t have a choice.  Our families, for instance.  Sometimes we find ourselves alone,  or with friends who don’t have our interest at heart but wield influence.  Sometimes we may simply be on a crowded bus or airplane for a sustained period.   Worse,  many of us daily must be part of less-than healthy work environments that offer no opportunity for growth, personally or professionally.

 

We are not at the mercy of others. We are valuable.   Our thoughts are powerful.  Daily, we have the opportunity to make choices that validate us.    We can dismiss situations in which our personhood is not valued if not physically, then at least mentally.   No is not a four-letter word.   We can detach from people who consistently invalidate us by constant criticism,  lateness, manipulation or misuse of our time.  The same for clients or employers who don’t  treat us well or compensate us appropriately.     When no one else is in the room, or when emotional terrorists seek to destroy us, we are still armed.  We have God. We have ourselves.