Change Is The Only Guarantee

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With the change in seasons (or so the calendar says), we are reminded, sometimes painfully, that change will happen whether we are ready or not.  One day it’s hot enough for sandals and the next we need to dig out our winter boots and jackets because the weather decided to snow.  It’s annoying but we push forward complaining the whole way.  It’s just a byproduct of being human.  The same rules apply when things shift in our lives whether professionally or personally.  Our once routine approach is either stopped or being twisted into something new for better or for worse.  The anxiety and uncertainty lingers and we often wonder whether that next step we hope to take is leaving us on a solid foundation or are we doomed to repeat past mistakes again like some weird version of Dante’s Inferno.

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I Heard Them but Did Not Listen

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How often do we hear someone make the statement: You’re not listening to me!  Sometimes when that phrase is uttered we shut down and go into defensive mode because we know that we definitely heard them – whatever their original request was.  We marked it down, etched it into our minds somewhere amidst the clutter of our every day memories and subtle subconscious reminders.  A lot of us even save conversations in order to re-read and replay that conversation in our minds in an effort to hang on to that situation months or even years down the road.  Yes, we heard you – but were we really listening to them?

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