"Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart. "
-Rumi

Monday, February 21, 2011

Touchy, Feely...I think so!

Upon meeting me, I think it is generally quite evident that I care about the people around me. I am always conscious of how people feel. I work hard to make others feel included and as if their views matter. I try to be polite and acknowledge those around me (even if they are not favorite person). This all stems from my view that we are all human. That in itself requires us to treat everyone with respect and dignity. That is not to say that we must like every person we encounter or that we need to agree with everyone's position on volatile issues. We do, however, need to recognize our joint humanity and respect that.

This is something that has been on my mind since sometime around August, when my co-workers and I took a personal leadership assessment. It was at this point that I was designated as the "touchy, feely" one in the office. I didn't see anything wrong with this. So I care about those around me in addition to doing a good job. What is the problem with that? In my mind, there is nothing wrong with that. However, since then I have begun to notice that any time someone referenced me as the "touchy feely" one, it comes out as a derogatory term. They make it sound as if it is a weakness to be concerned more about people than being so fixated on goals and outcomes. I really hate that. There is nothing wrong with focusing on people. It is merely a difference of personality traits.

In the future, if you an encounter an individual who could be described as "touchy, feely," think twice before insinuating that there is something wrong with this. It just means that they care for someone other than themselves. You might give it a try. At the very least, recognize that there is more than one way to go through life.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Observations on the Day

Howdy hey there!

So I realize it's been quite awhile since I've written. I guess I just haven't felt inspired to write about anything lately. Today that changed...

Here are a collection of random thoughts for the day
  1. It is super freakin' fanstastically awesome when you find that someone has dug your car out of the 1 1/2 feet of snow that surrounded it! Thank you Verlyn!!! You are a rockstar at life!
  2. It is also fantabulous when that same person lets your dog ride shotgun in their snow plow after she invites herself in for a ride!
  3. People who live in your building should not steal your favorite pink and green socks from laundry and then wear them around the building (especially when there are only 8 girls in the building). It's just not cool! I now have 2 incomplete pairs of socks. I refuse to wear one pink sock and one green sock. They need to match!!!
  4. Students should not walk around a common area in only their boxes that are literally falling apart. Being connected to the waist band in only 3 spots means it is time to buy some new ones!
  5. Cuddling with your dog on a cold snowy day = pure bliss! The only way it would be better was if Eliot was here too!
  6. Don't take a shower with your bf and sing at the top of your lungs. It scares the other residents.
  7. We should all have the guts to take a stand for the major issues in our society that we are passionate about. Thank you, Tyler, for teaching me that! It might be frightening, but our actions are bigger than us.
  8. My Italian host mother is the best host mother I could have ever asked for. More than a year later, we still exchange emails and gifts. I love that lady!!!
While these may be some random thoughts, for some reason or other these struck me as profound. I hope you enjoyed my random insights into life today!

Live life to the fullest!!!