Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Questions, Questions and More Questions

LIVE...Now is the time that we tend to sit down and take inventory of what we have accomplished in the last year. The underlying questions we seem to ask yourselves are "How much did I live last year?" "What did I accomplish?" "Were my accomplishments worth what it took to attain them?"

LOVE...Once we evaluate our accomplishments we tend to look for the possible impact we have had on the lives of others. "Did we tell our children that we loved them enough?" "Did we donate as much as we wanted?" "Did we take the opportunities to simply do the small things that could have lifted some one's mood or made a brighter day for them?"

LEAP...Finally, we take a minute and look at moments that we missed. "Where could we have made that leap?" "What did we allow to stop us from getting what we truly wanted this year?"

My challenge for you over the next year...look for ways to take the steps you wish you could have taken this year...and take one!

I hope this holiday season gives you the chance to witness a true act of love and kindness.

Jodi is the coach and consultant for Mountain Springs Professional and Organizational Services, feel free to email her or give her a call she would love to hear from you.

Friday, December 5, 2008

What will your next dollar do?

LIVE....To give you a little more background on myself, I started my mental health career in suicide prevention. I was trained as a crisis helpline worker at the age of sixteen. We could recieve calls from other teens who were simply having a bad day, or teens who were activating a plan to complete suicide. There are no words to express how valuable that experience was for me and how much I learned.

LOVE...Over the years...I have sat on the phone...been called into offices... assessed individuals in schools and hospitals... all with the goal of preventing suicide. However, all of this work has not granted me immunity. I am also someone who has been touched by suicide, I have stood by the coffins of four people who have completed suicide. Each of them for different reasons and under different circumstances. Each will be remembered with love and loss.

LEAP...Here is the best part...I have had the fortunate experience of making friends with a person who also shares a passion for suicide prevention. Currently, she is trying to raise a modest amount of money for a national organization called SPAN USA.

Please take a minute, look at her page below and simply think about sparing $1.00. A dollar from one of us seems powerless, but a dollar from all of us...makes the impossible...possible.

Please feel free to add comments or post questions. I would love to hear from you!