Article by Make The Days Count Contributor Chris Bennett

 

Every body knows that guy who just loves to go the extra mile, on anything and everything.  Audacious to an extent, but you just can’t wrap your mind around how he has so much persistence and such a ridiculous amount of drive.

 

I ran into this situation recently, and I found myself asking just how in the world this person functions on an off day.  You know, one of those days where getting out of bed is a hassle in its own right, and then you have work or school and have to be around people, it just is not a fun day.  Time seizes up and seems to go by ever so slowly and you cannot fathom being overly productive.  Well, I soon realized that this guy lets nothing stand in his way of his daily quota of productivity, not even a five-minute coffee break just to catch up on the weekend festivities.  

 

That is one extreme end of the velocity of life spectrum I want nothing to do with.  Which end are you on? Read More »

Posted on 20 November, 2008 in Balance, Career, Finance & Family, Productivity
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Article by Make The Days Count Contributor Jennifer Snelling

 

What are you usually looking at when someone is talking to you?  Take a moment to think about it.  For me, it is the computer or television screen, the scenes passing outside the car window, or whatever project or task I’m taking care of at the moment.  I’m often distracted and answer with a simple, “Uh-huh,” or a quick, half-thought response so that I can continue to participate in the conversation without being distracted from whatever I’m involved in.

 

Not giving your attention to a conversation can have consequences.  Often, you’ll forget important parts of the conversation later on, have miscommunications, arguments, or even come across as not caring to friends and those you love.  The consequences can be equally as damaging in the workplace.

 

Surely you’ve been in the position of the speaker.  What does it feel like to have something important to communicate or a valid question to ask?  What does it feel like when they respond with an answer that doesn’t help or a comment that communicates that they have more important things to worry about?  Not good.

 

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be that person.  Read More »

Posted on 18 November, 2008 in Balance, Finance & Family, Productivity
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Article by Make The Days Count Contributor Chris Bennett

 

I do not have children, nor am I married.  I consider myself a self driven independent, self motivated man deriving from the fact that I grew up an only child and was entrenched most my life with overachieving parents.  I have been called a lover of solitude and a breadwinner of independence, so you can imagine the strong dose of reality I got when I started dating a woman with a 2-year-old child.

 

It is incredible what children can teach you about family, even if they are not your own.  Read More »

Posted on 15 November, 2008 in Finance & Family, Making the Day Count, Parenting
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Article by Make The Days Count Contributor Judy Mosley

 

The alarm goes off. Quickly, you slam the snooze just praying for five more minutes. And, you get them but feel even worse after the alarm rings again. You get up, already feeling the dread seeping in. It’s not waking up that’s the problem, it’s facing whatever it is that makes you feel “just not right.”

 

So, what is it? Your relationships? The pain in your body? The boss that dries up your heart the moment you walk in the door? Is it the daycare that you just don’t feel right about or those five pounds you were going to lose? Maybe, it’s your finances? Whatever it is, you just wish the feeling would go away. You try everything to make it disappear. You explain away your fears, making excuses for things that just “aren’t right.” Or, you just ignore them.

 

And there lies the challenge! None of us can ignore what’s going on around us and to us. Everything that comes into your life has come for a purpose. Even the feelings that you just can’t shake, no matter what you do to be rid of them. You have been given a gift and these gifts can change the course of your life. It all depends on what you do with them.

 

It’s time for each of us to pay attention to our lives No more rationalizing, making excuses, or ignoring the problem. Read More »

Posted on 15 November, 2008 in Balance, Career, Finance & Family, Fitness & Health, Helping Others, Spirituality
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Article by Make The Days Count Contributor Tamara Belinc 

Donna Hill and her brother, Randy Jenkins, have always shared a special bond, but now they share even more than that — stem cells.

 

Donna volunteered to be a stem cell donor after Randy was diagnosed with a type of cancer called multiple myeloma. Multiple myeloma, a progressive disease of the blood, is a cancer of the plasma cells, an important part of the immune system that produces antibodies to help fight infection and disease. Cells destined to become immune cells, like all blood cells, arise in the marrow from stem cells.

 

Randy was diagnosed after complaining of pain in his shoulder. His only other symptom was a nosebleed, but Donna said he didn’t think much about it. “He was going in to have surgery for a torn rotator cuff,” Donna said, “but blood tests showed he had cancer. They told him there was no cure, and he had only three days to live. We were devastated.” Read More »

Posted on 14 November, 2008 in Finance & Family, Gratitude, Helping Others, Inspirational Stories
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