Nobody’s Fault But Mine

How are you as an apologizer? Does it stick in your craw? Make you annoyed because you felt justified in whatever action you took? Or do you apologize too easily? Want to keep the peace and just say you’re sorry to get it over with? Well, neither situation is ideal. In order for an apology to be meaningful, it must be, by definition, “full of meaning.” You must mean what you say, and how you say it. Interestingly, apologies can have very little to do with “fault.” In fact, “fault” is a concept that always seems rather unpleasant. In my…

IF YOU NEED TO GET SOMETHING DONE…

Give it to a busy person! That’s what my mother used to tell me as I was growing up, and again when I worked for her at the printing company she founded in 1977. It was 1982 and I was a freshman at Loyola College in Baltimore (now Loyola University, see, we all grow up sometimes!) and riding my bicycle the 6 miles down Charles Street to Curry Copy Center, serving as  part-time bookkeeper several days each week. Junior High and High School-aged Paula used to go to the copy shop on weekends to help collate and staple jobs, and…

bad days

EVER HAVE ONE OF THOSE DAYS?

You know what I’m talking about, right? Everything seems to be going wrong. People say bad things happen in threes, but what happens when the bad things are actually DAYS and you have THREE IN A ROW?? Our lives are so full, so busy, overpacked with responsibilities. Work, family, friends, community. With our time so “spoken for,” how do we handle when things go wrong? Do we have any “fudge” time built in to deal with problems? Speaking personally, I’ll have to admit that I do not. And that in itself is a problem. When stressed and committed to the…