The question, ‘can we talk?’ can strike fear or dread in us because we anticipate that the person asking the question is about to bring up a subject we find difficult to
The most rewarding conversations are those that break silence into small pieces with speech.
discuss. Or, that the person is going to launch in to a sermon, or worse, a diatribe, about our latest short-coming. Sometimes I like to answer that question with one of my own: ‘can we listen?’
Conversation is not one person talking. It is a collaborative effort to exchange information in a cooperative manner. It is a group effort where each person contributes by chiming in and also by listening and comprehending what is being said. Conversation is silence broken into small pieces by speech.
On today, Veterans Day, we honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and commitment to serve and sacrifice for the common good. We are reminded to think about the sacrifices and service of the men and women who have valiantly and selflessly committed themselves to military service to bring freedom and democracy to persons in other countries and under other government rule.
We make and keep commitments and willingly sacrifice so that others may enjoy a better life.
They fight so that others might enjoy the same freedoms we enjoy, and to ensure we continue to enjoy those freedoms ourselves.
It got me to thinking about how those of us not in the military are also committed to serve others and make sacrifices for them right here at home, every day.
Are you living the life you want to be remembered for?
Sure, people may remember you lived in a big house and drove an expensive car. They may remember you held a particular job title.
We make a lasting impact on others by living our values.
But will they think of you after the casket flowers have wilted and the funeral dinner has ended? If they do, it won’t be for the things you had, it will be for what you stood for, what you did for others, and how you made them feel.
Do you know how you want to be remembered? You can create your vision for who you are and how you want to be remembered in five words.