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How Will You Be Remembered?

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.

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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.

 

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We’re All Stronger Than the Storm

Earlier this week here in New Jersey and in the region we marked the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. The news was filled with stories about how

two-story brown clapboard sided house still standing but broken in two pieces when the ground underneath was washed away.

When our lives seem broken in two, we can live in our memories of what was, or we can work out a plan to move forward to what will be.

while much of the shoreline and the communities along the shore have been restored, much work remains. An ad campaign earlier this year proclaimed that New Jersey and its citizens are “stronger than the storm” and featured the rebuilding efforts and the determination of those most affected to not let Sandy be the defining moment in their lives, the moment marking their turn from happy and successful to downtrodden and defeated.

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Avoid These Six Apology Errors

Since we are human, it is inevitable that we will make mistakes. When we do, we need to know how to make amends. One of the steps is to make an effective apology,

front left fender bender with NY yellow

Whether we intend them or not, our actions can have consequences that cause damage. It’s not always easy to make things right, but it is our obligation to accept and acknowledge our responsibility, and to apologize.

one where our only agenda is to heal the damage to the relationship as a result of our words or actions. Research has shown that genuine apologies help us reconnect with those we’ve wronged by letting them know we’re aware that what we’ve done affects them. Yet, so many of us manage to sabotage our own efforts in one or more of these six ways.

 

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