Big Toe in the Water
I thought everyone had seen the movie It’s a Wonderful Life, so I was very surprised recently when I referenced it that many in my audience hadn’t seen it. Back in December of 2020—remember that holiday season?!—I was watching the movie and came upon the part when George Bailey breaks down and says he wishes […]
My dear friend (we’ll call him Brad to protect his privacy) looked me right in the eye and said, “Harriet, I talk with CEOs every day, and they could care less if their staff is up all night and can’t sleep. They are not thinking about their employees’ stress.” I looked at Brad in amazement. […]
Maybe you were looking forward to spending some quality time with a friend, and a problem at work interrupted your time. Maybe you’ve planned your wedding for years to be outside, and then it rains. As a speaker, I spent the last five months looking forward to a presentation I was going to be giving […]
OUCH. Honestly, I was shocked. I recently heard someone raise the question, “How do you handle underperforming employees?” Doesn’t this person know we’re in a mental health global pandemic? These are unprecedented times! As a nurse who has worked in healthcare in one way or another for over 30 years, I see it. And teaching […]
A couple of years ago I met my girlfriend for lunch at a newly renovated restaurant. Word had already spread through the neighborhood that it was a wonderful spot–delicious food, nice atmosphere, good service. The shopping center that housed the restaurant was under construction. There were many construction workers sharing the small parking lot with […]
“Pain is temporary. Pride is forever.” That’s what the voice-over says in this video of an injured Kerri Strug completing her famous vault at 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. I invite you to watch with the sound off, and just notice the look on Strug’s face. Do you push through at all costs to your health? […]
Can you feel the change in the air? Maybe you met a dear colleague for lunch for the first time in over a year. Maybe you saw a relative without needing to wear a mask. Maybe you actually hugged someone without a twinge of fear! Slowly, restrictions are being lifted. But is life returning to […]
Right now, I feel a bit stuck. Are you feeling that at all, or is it just me? Are you waiting for news on how your company is going to move forward, or waiting to see if your child’s summer camp will open this year? Maybe you’re trying to schedule a vacation for the first […]
No, we are not there yet. I hear people tell me, “I can’t take it anymore!” a lot these days. Sometimes, I hear that phrase in my own head. This pandemic has surely stretched us all to the limit. If you are beating yourself up because you have not met the performance goals you worked […]
Last night I watched It’s a Wonderful Life for the first time this year. I was at the part when George Bailey breaks down and says he wishes he were never born. It was at this moment that I began to hear loud sirens in front of my home. What is going on outside? I […]
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Mindfulness is now being incorporated by organizations to lower healthcare costs, support employees in staying focused which improves their performance, and reduce levels of stress.