As we enjoy the extended Labor Day weekend, this speech attributed to Coca Cola CEO Bryan G. Dyson bears repeating:
“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit, and you’re keeping all of these in the air.
You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls –- Family, Health, Friends and Spirit -– are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for it.
Work efficiently during office hours and leave on time. Give the required time to your family, friends and have proper rest.
Value has a value only if its value is valued.”
Have a great holiday, everyone!
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I have seen a lot of articles of late on how to achieve the desired posture while sitting at my desk.
I didn’t use to have to worry about this kind of thing.
The folks who requisitioned my office furniture did.
But I home office — like more and more workers out there — so now the ergonomics of our home office space is up to us.
You can spend a lot of money on desks and chairs and ‘strategery’ your layout, but some spine czars say simple things like putting a pillow behind your back can make a big difference.
My favorite piece of advice?
Put a book on your head. Your body automatically aligns itself to maintain balance. I’ve tried this one, and it works — on me, a little too well.
You see, my head is really flat. I can slump and the book stays.
(That’s why I like this method so much.)
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It’s Friday night, and I am parked on the couch.
There’s no place I’d rather be.
It feels like I have spent the past two months on the road.
A week in Japan.
A long weekend in Kentucky.
Another week in Boston with Rory Dog.
Don’t get me wrong — I enjoyed all my trips, even the days and nights when I had to work. But I have missed my apartment and my adopted hometown.
When I moved to New York City eight years ago, I wanted to live in my favorite place to visit.
Time to play tourist right here at home!
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My Memorial Day was wide open — no plans, no obligations, just a blank slate for me to fill.
I had a mental list of things I wanted to do. I’ll admit there was some work on there (we freelancers have no respect for the calendar) and some chores around the house. Then I was going to do some shopping and take in a a movie or two.
But after finishing my work, I made the mistake of flipping through the cable channels.
The rest of my day was undone by The Good Wife marathon on Hallmark Channel.
Turns out there are twenty different Memorial Day marathons going on around the dial today.
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I know, I know — I’m late writing anything for the blog today.
I’ve had to write a bunch of stuff for work.
Thanks to photographer Sophie Gamand and pet stylist Ruben Santana for capturing the moment.
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What’s left of me at week’s end.
Saturday and Sunday, you have never been more welcome or more needed.
We shall overcome.
Some weeks are all about work.
This has been one of ’em.
I’ve sat at my computer all day, every day, and most of the evenings, too, just trying to get it all done.
But today is my reward. Today is all about play.
I have the UK-Florida basketball game at noon, which is being broadcast on national TV (thank you, CBS). I have tickets to see “A Little Night Music” at the matinee at 3pm. And then tonight, there’s the Oscar red carpet and awards show telecast, which will start even before I get home from the theater.
Entertainment extravaganza to the max!
I feel like I live my life to extremes — either all work or all play. This week is a perfect example. But since today is the play day…well, I’m okay with it.
(I’ll go for balance next week.)
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