Monday, August 29, 2011
Again I wanted to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers for my dad and give you a bit of an update. They determined the reason for his falling. He is suffering from atrial fibrillation. When he stands up his blood pressure drops about fifty points, ergo he gets woozy and falls. They are adjusting his medication and he should be hospitalized another couple of days. He has lost some weight too so they believe his thyroid medication needs adjustment. Over all he is in pretty good spirits and glad and relieved they have found out what’s causing the problem.
I had an MRI on my lower back Friday. I should have some sort of direction later today or tomorrow. I am a very positive person but this pain is weighing on my good humor. I am hoping for the best .
Thanks again for all your love, support and prayers.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Don’t look behind you to make sure I’m not talking to anyone else. Quit playing the game that starts with “Ha-ha, if he only knew the REAL me………..” Just stop it!!! You are appreciated for who you are, right now. That may be at your goal weight, half way to your goal weight or nowhere near your goal weight. You may have eaten a healthy breakfast of fruit and fiber or you may have scarfed down a fried donut slathered in cream cheese icing. Just as you are, at this very moment in time – quick run and mark the date and time on a calendar or take your lip gloss and fashion it boldly on a mirror of choice. – You are greatly appreciated and deeply loved simply because you were created and because you choose to share your compassion, your love and your overall beauty with me.
“I don’t feel special John.” Well, uhm, that’s coz you’re not special. There is absolutely nothing unique about being lovable, valuable and cherished just as you are. There are no special people. There is only the shining light that’s you. We are all that way, really. Sometimes it takes a while to notice.
I do not know you in the sense that we share coffee or tea. We probably won’t ever get together for lunch or dinner. I guess there won’t be cards in the mail to celebrate special occasions. I doubt we shall ever talk on the phone. No matter. One look into the smile on your face and the openness of your heart when I look at your Spark Page tells me everything I need to know. I feel your warmth, your kindness and mostly your understanding. In one form or another, we have all been at the same place at one time or another and shhhhhhhhhhh we all been scared, worried or anxious. No matter. You are appreciated, for what you bring here each day. Your success inspires me, your struggles motivate to believe in myself and shoot if you can do it, so can I. It’s the old arm-in-arm thingy.
No matter how badly you blow it on a given day or week, no matter how many times you come very close to giving up, you are appreciated for making my life so much better. It’s helped me realize that I am appreciated too. You are among the greatest and most wonderful person on this earth. No hurry up and write it down somewhere………….. Before you forget.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
My eighty seven year old dad fell down last night and put a rather nasty lump on the back of his head. Not really sure what the issue was or is. He's in the hospital awaiting more tests.
They said is standing BP dropped fifty points from his resting BP when they stood him up.
Looooooooong night. Could you keep him in your thoughts and prayers, please.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I am old enough to remember door-to-door sales men. I remember them opening their display case and showing my mom all sorts of wonders which were guaranteed to make household chores simple and easy and, giving the user more time for leisure. Some, such as Fuller Brush and Hoover were credible and still exist today. Others weren’t. Their products promised amazing things, cost a lot of money and like the sales man who knocked on your door, were gone rather quickly or didn’t work effectively.
Yesterday I was toweling off after my shower in the gym when I ran across “Chuck.” Chuck had paid for a full page add in one of our newspapers last week announcing he was now offering “Life Coaching Services.” Chuck is a financial planner by trade and I might add a rather good one. I was interested to “talk shop” with him and when I walked up to him I asked him where he received his certification for coaching from. In return I got a blank stare and a “Huh?” Chuck wasn’t aware you needed to be certified. There is no law that says you have to be certified but one of the reasons credible coaches get a bad rap is because of people like Chuck. Chuck told me he decided to be a coach because his wife told him he was a good listener ; he wanted to expand his business and finally he had just completed his first triathlon and he felt he could inspire people. There is nothing wrong with any of these motivations, but, to me, it’s sort of like working on a car engine without any tools.
Coaching and training are growing fields. Used properly, by a certified coach or trainer, they are a good augment, for a person’s development in the area they feel they need the most growth in. I drove around yesterday thinking of a few ways you can gauge whether a coach or trainer for that matter is the real deal and not someone whose wife loves them. (My wife really loves me, but that’s not the reason I’m a good coach.)
1. Check them out. I always offer a perspective client a copy of my certification along with a list of people who will agree to attest to my credibility and my value as a coach. My certification came from a group called Fowler-Wainwright. Barry Fowler was the founder of the Sylvan Learning System and Barbara Wainwright is the past president and board member of the American Institute of Professional Coaches. They are both credible people. My initial certification was twenty hours of training. I am required to take additional classes and eventually be certified as a master coach. This process takes two years. I am a big fan of Tony Robbins but reading one of his books doesn’t qualify me to be a coach.
2. One size doesn’t fit all. I have over twenty years’ experience in all areas of human resource management and an additional eighteen years’ experience in operations management. My area of expertise is career counseling and I provide a unique approach. I believe that you can’t reach your career goals until you attain some semblance of balance in your entire life. It’s a holistic approach and caused one client to ask tongue in cheek. “Are we going to take our clothes off, go out in the desert and sit under a pyramid?” I do not believe I can help everyone with everything. There are coached who, like me, specialize in certain areas of development. I really love helping people reach their goals in life and a very large part of that is making sure you have a rich and fulfilling career.
3. “Show me the money.” Find out what you are paying and what you are getting in return. I won’t accept a client until we have broken bread and talked for two hours. If you have an aversion to eating lunch and can’t find two hours in your schedule I’ll ask you to question how serious you are about developing. This, as is personal training, hard work, and it costs money and if you don’t have your head fastened on straight to begin with, you might as well put your money in the bank where hopefully it will be safe. I promise clients I will work hard with them but in the end it’s up to them how much effort they put into improvement. I don’t charge for the two hour evaluation. It’s part of my core belief system that I should respect and honor you. Making sure we are a good fit is one way of doing that. I used the reverse method when I chose a personal trainer. I made sure the trainer and I synced. Jen and I have worked together for a little over a year and we both have the same set of expectations.
You can take this template and apply it to just about anything. I just hate to see people invest a lot of time, money and hard work in something and end up being disappointed.
Just wanted to share.
Oh Yeah……….. The scale says I dropped five pounds this week.
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