Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Thanks for Your Time- Author Unkown

Thanks for Your Time

Author Unknown

It had been some time since Jack had seen the old man. College, girls, career, and life itself got in the way. In fact, Jack moved clear across the country in pursuit of his dreams. There, in the rush of his busy life, Jack had little time to think about the past and often no time to spend with his wife and son. He was working on his future, and nothing could stop him.
Over the phone, his mother told him, "Mr. Belser died last night. The funeral is Wednesday."Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days."Jack, did you hear me?""Oh sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard you. It's been so long since I thought of him. I'm sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago," Jack said."Well, he didn't forget you. Every time I saw him he'd ask how you were doing. He'd reminisce about the many days you spent over 'his side of the fence' as he put it," Mom told him."I loved that old house he lived in," Jack said."You know, Jack, after your father died, Mr. Belser stepped in to make sure you had a man's influence in your life," she said."He's the one who taught me carpentry," he said. "I wouldn't be in this business if it weren't for him. He spent a lot of time teaching me things he thought were important... Mom, I'll be there for the funeral," Jack said.
As busy as he was, he kept his word. Jack caught the next flight to his hometown. Mr. Belser's funeral was small and uneventful. He had no children of his own, and most of his relatives had passed away.
The night before he had to return home, Jack and his Mom stopped by to see the old house next door one more time.Standing in the doorway, Jack paused for a moment. It was like crossing over into another dimension, a leap through space and time.
The house was exactly as he remembered. Every step held memories. Every picture, every piece of furniture... Jack stopped suddenly."What's wrong, Jack?" his Mom asked.
"The box is gone," he said."What box?" Mom asked."There was a small gold box that he kept locked on top of his desk. I must have asked him a thousand times what was inside. All he'd ever tell me was 'the thing I value most,'" Jack said.
It was gone. Everything about the house was exactly how Jack remembered it, except for the box. He figured someone from the Belser family had taken it."
Now I'll never know what was so valuable to him," Jack said. "I better get some sleep. I have an early flight home, Mom."It had been about two weeks since Mr. Belser died.
Returning home from work one day Jack discovered a note in his mailbox. "Signature required on a package. No one at home. Please stop by the main post office within the next three days," the note read.Early the next day Jack retrieved the package.
The small box was old and looked like it had been mailed a hundred years ago. The handwriting was difficult to read, but the return address caught his attention."Mr. Harold Belser" it read.
Jack took the box out to his car and ripped open the package. There inside was the gold box and an envelope. Jack's hands shook as he read the note inside."Upon my death, please forward this box and its contents to Jack Bennett. It's the thing I valued most in my life."
A small key was taped to the letter. His heart racing, as tears filling his eyes, Jack carefully unlocked the box. There inside he found a beautiful gold pocket watch.Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he unlatched the cover. Inside he found these words engraved:
"Jack, Thanks for your time! -Harold Belser."
"The thing he valued most...was...my time."Jack held the watch for a few minutes, then called his office and cleared his appointments for the next two days. "Why?" Janet, his assistant asked."I need some time to spend with my son," he said.
"Oh, by the way, Janet... thanks for your time!"

Monday, February 15, 2010


Well... being a communications major in college, I didn't do very well this weekend in this department. In fact I botched up what could have been a really nice day with someone I care about. But when I went to college they didn't teach us about the fine art of texting and I really did think that this person could read my mind! ( haha )
Lesson learned.
You may think you're saying something in a text or email and but the other person can't read your mind! You have to very explicit on what you want and/or looking for in your email or text!
How many times has a text or email gotten you into trouble?
I've hear hoar stories about this all the time. I found out this weekend that the fine art of picking up the phone and calling the individual works much better and can solve a bunch of problems down the road.
I'm going to rely less on text and more on phone calling in the future.
( Even though I hate to talk on the phone! )
Nothing can replace the instant feedback that you get over the phone versus a clumsy ol' text.
Lesson learned.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Valentine's Day

Well... the countdown is on. We are only a couple of days shy of the big "V" day! I don't know about you... but I think this is a Hallmark holiday! I commute 2 hours a day and have a lot of time behind the wheel to listen to ALOT of talk radio. All week its been nothing but LOVE and SEX being discussed. Talk about putting the pressure on people! Shouldn't we be thinking of this 365 days a year? Do we really need a reminder to tell those that we care about that we love them?
Ok... so I caved in a bit. I did buy some cards for a my family and one special person. But that's it! There won't be massage oils or gifts on Sunday! I'll bring those out the following weekend!
The secret to LOVE is to LOVE yourself.
You can't love another person until you've fully accepted yourself and love all that about you.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Weight a minute!

Weight a Minute!
by Deborah Enos, CN
How are you doing with those resolutions to lose weight or eat healthier in 2010? Recently I heard Deborah Enos on the radio talking about her book Weight a Minute and how she brands herself as the one minute wellness coach.
I read her book this week and it was a great reminder on the pitfalls of getting older and learning how to incorporate healthier eating habits into your lifestyle. I enjoyed the book because it was such an easy read and reminded me of some things I already knew but maybe some additional information.
What I really do like is Deborah's web site and signed up for her on line newsletter. Already I had a one minute wellness tip in my inbox this week.
Overall a good reminder!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Morning Routines

We all have them... morning routines. That is if you get up in enough time before work for them! Over the years ( as I get older ) the routines change. At one time I was able to get up at 5:00 am to exercise. Can you believe that? Not anymore! I'm still up at 5 am but my days start a little slower and I do the exercising in the evenings when I'm all warmed up! Now I take the dog out, shower, make tea, fix kids lunches and then hit the emails. My favorite part of my morning is checking out some of my favorite blogs. They are so creative and inspire me! All of these women are unbelievable. They are from all over the world. Utah, England, Australia and even here is Seattle. Here are a few of my favorites!

The Pioneer Woman

A Year from Oak Cottage

A Day that is Dessert

A Cup of Jo

The Farm Chicks

I love to look at what they're doing, seeing, feeling and cooking! I make comments, collect recipes and think what a small world we have now.

Some day maybe I'll be able to replace my blog reading with some yoga or meditation but for now I'm happy to sit with my tea and catch up.

What we do in the morning grounds us for the balance of the day.

What are some of your favorite morning routines?

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

"Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life, I find."
-John F. Kennedy

I saw this quote this morning and it really made me think. During the day I'm a sales rep for a fortune 500 company. You are always out there every day trying your best and sometimes get a little banged up along the way. How important it is for us to never take our eyes off our goal and plan the small steps to make it happen. Don't ever settle for second as you deserve what you really want in life whether it's surrounding career, family, or friendships. You have the power to make it happen.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Prosperity Law # 12


When you follow the path of your heart, others may disapprove of your direction or choices.

Remain true to yourself. The only approval you really need is your own.

Harmoney Cards by Heidi Bear

How appropriate that I pulled this card on the first day of February. A big month of hearts, love and fun! I do believe that in order to follow your heart you need to slow down, stop and listen. I find this the hardest thing to do in my life. However, if we stop and listen its easier to hear and remain true to ourselves.

Happy February 1st! Can you believe it's already here? Wow!