Wednesday, December 16, 2020

I'm So Sorry For Your Loss

Merry Christmas - Happy Hanukkah - Joyous Kwanzaa.

Yuletide Greetings - Happy Holidays - Feliz Navidad.

Seasons Greetings!

So many ways to greet people this Holiday Season.  With all of these greetings, I want to add one more.

I'm so sorry for your loss.

During this Holiday Season, we are more than aware of the social unrest, economic uncertainty, and political decline in our great country. Whew! There is just so much to pray about.

But, can we all pause for a moment and remember…

As of December 11, 2020, over 300,000 people in the US have lost their lives to Covid-19.

Over 300,000 families will be missing a loved one during these holidays.

If you know of someone that lost a loved one this year, covid, cancer, or simply circumstances of life, please remember to reach out. 

It doesn't take a long conversation, just a note to say you care.  

Below are a few good texts to use.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”

“I hope you feel surrounded by much love.”
“We are so sorry for your loss.”

“We are thinking of you during these difficult times.”

“May my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of this loss.”

“Words can’t express how saddened we are to hear of your loss.”

Love, Compassion, and Empathy – are the Gifts that last a lifetime!

From CourageousMi, I am so sorry for your loss.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

I've Retired. Why am I so busy?

I have retired, why am I so busy?

December of 2019 I retired from my position. No, I left my position. No, I was downsized out of my position as an executive assistant.  Don’t feel sorry for me yet!

As I walked out the door I noticed everyone was smiling at me. How did they know? Was my name on a list telling the world what happened? Oh My Gosh!!!!

As I made my way to Starbucks people I noticed people were still smiling at me. Was my notice placed in the newspaper (sorry, dated myself with that one) was my notice placed on Facebook?

As I passed the mirror I realized why everyone was smiling at me. Because I had the biggest smile on my face and I was smiling at them!!! Go figure.

I say all that to say this, transitions are needed, necessary, and really they are not as unexpected as we want to believe.

From December 2019 until the executive order came down to “shelter in place” I was already sheltering in place.  Zoom meetings with mentees, food deliveries so I did not have to stop studying (yes, I am still in school).  Conference calls with my ministry team and most importantly,
Facebook Messenger for Kids" with my granddaughter.

It was what happened after the “shelter in place” I didn’t expect. Leaders, business owners, entrepreneurs were contacting me:

Are you working as a virtual assistant?”  Me: “Um, no”

Do you know a virtual assistant? Me: “Um, yes”

Can you help me put together a PowerPoint deck? Me: “Um, no, swamped, but I know someone who can

How do I find an assistant?” Me: “Um, let’s talk

And "let’s talk" made me realize it was time to finish my book.  This book has been on my shelf for years! And now I have the time … and now I will make time to finish it.

I will say this on Administrative Professionals Day!

You are the essential workers that will always be needed.  Even in your retirement.  You have been gifted with knowledge and wisdom. Never sell yourself short.

If you are like me, retired yet still smiling even during this time of uncertainty.

Embrace the shift, make a plan, and enjoy the journey!

"The glory of young men is their strength and the beauty of old men is the gray head."
Proverbs 20:29