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What You See is What You Get!

Posted by Mimi Meredith at Friday, December 30th, 2011 10:46 am
My top ten thoughts moving into the new year... If what you see is bleak and discouraging, fix it. It will take work and patience...a lot of it. Sometimes your efforts don't pay off in the ways you expect or as quickly as you'd like. This used to be less of a surprise to people, but then we became a society conditioned for immediate gratification and ease of operation. So make this a year for less whining and more working. If you want to see more kindness, more love, more patience...then practice it. I can't tell you how much time I've wasted wishing a situation would improve without first working to improve myself. See number one. If you don't like what you see everyday and option number one isn't working, see it differently. Maybe you've conditioned yourself to focus on the negative in a situation or a soul. Changing your perspective may even mean you see another person's view. (Yikes...that sounds so uncomfortable and awkward. And what if it means I wasn't completely right?) So go find a new view.… Click here for the rest of the post

Realities of Reuniting

Posted by Mimi Meredith at Sunday, July 17th, 2011 2:01 pm
It's summertime. Chances are, you'll have an opportunity to reunite. Maybe you are a member of one of those families that has elevated reuniting to a major semi-annual event complete with huge group photos of everyone in matching t-shirts. Or maybe, like me, you'll be celebrating a graduation milestone with a school or college reunion. My 30th high school reunion is next weekend. I have been asked to speak at the banquet. I assume this is because I am a speaker by trade and my past appearance in my hometown as speaker at the 2009 Commencement proved that I can keep it short. That's what most people value most in s speaker. And chances are, no one who heard me two years ago remembers a thing I said. (Maybe I should just reuse that material!) That's the first reality...even when we want to, we really don't remember much of what we think we will. My memories of high school are as fuzzy as the photo at the left. I think I remember some things clearly, but maybe that's just because… Click here for the rest of the post

Sustainable Relationships

Posted by Mimi Meredith at Friday, April 1st, 2011 2:54 pm
Sustainable: able to be sustained; able to be sustained for an indefinite period without damaging the environment, or without depleting a resource; renewable Sustainability is quite the buzz word these days. It's not at all a new concept. E.F. Schumacher wrote Small is Beautiful, his theory of economics as if people mattered, in 1973. I read it in 1983 and it is still quoted today in terms of sustainable business practices and economic principles. Long before that, in the 1930s, sustainable agriculture practices were introduced by the Farm Security Administration and other government programs as part of the New Deal. It took a dust bowl to make it clear that top soil can't be abused. So what moments of clarity do we need to make it clear that relationships must be nurtured with the same care we want to convey to our environment? I think long term friendships are an amazing blessing. There is a deep and abiding reassurance that comes from the relationships that truly sustain us. Those who love us...sometimes in spite of ourselves. This is what Max… Click here for the rest of the post