Hard, Fun and Beautiful - Backyard Sledding Edition

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Where we are free to talk about the hard, the fun, and the beautiful of our work week.

If life was just about dealing with our own pain, then life wouldn’t really be that hard. When we open up to other people’s pain then it can get tricky.

A good manager is able to open up to his/her staff’s problems because they affect work. By listening and empathizing, a manager can make better judgments. A manager might want to encourage an employee to go home and be with his/her family during tough times.

Which brings me to my situation…


My son has been dealing with a runny nose, bronchitis, and an ear infection.

It’s hard to see him suffer. I want to rush him to the emergency room and demand all the doctor’s fix him.

Yeah, I know it doesn’t work like that. I’ll be sitting in the waiting room for two hours before I see anyone. Even then they probably couldn’t do anything. The illness will have to ride out its course.

I just want him to be happy. When I really break his situation down…he is dealing with his own work happiness. He is trying to figure out how to get all his motor skills down. That’s hard work. Then throw in a cold and it sets him back.

My friend Tess likes to remind me to just be with the pain. That’s all I can do.


Visiting family and friends.

I’ve been doing too much celebrating. I won’t say that very often, but it’s true. I’m trying to see and be with everyone and it’s a ton of fun, but my body needs a rest.

The best part of hanging out with my wonderful friends is the laughter. We just joke, jolly and eat into the night.

It feels so good to be loved by people unconditionally. I made some pretty lousy jokes and everyone still laughed.


Playing in the snow. Visiting my family in Pennsylvania was some much needed interjection. I get a little too used to my routines.

Since I haven’t seen snow in so long, it made me feel like a kid again. I even took my 5 month old son sledding. I was transported back to my childhood. (FYI – we took my son sledding before he developed a bad cough.)

My son didn’t really know what was going on, but he smiled and laughed through it all.

What about you?

What has been hard, fun and beautiful in your life? I’ll see you in the comment section.

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* Steve wrote a post about the importance of using the right words when interacting with others. It's called Influence: Use Words That Connect. Check it out and remember to use words that stimulate action instead of encouraging people to tune out.

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