During our 90 minutes together, each time a device rang or beeped, she responded. Although she responded to each of the 12 summonses in less than a minute, I left our meeting feeling jangled.
The next person I met with closed his office door as he came to greet me. He turned off the ringer on his phone, then looked up, and made eye contact. We covered our agenda. He took notes. We were not interrupted.
After 45 productive, business-focused minutes (and 10 minutes of chatting), I left feeling informed and connected.
Is it always responsible to be responsive?
Are you ever wired instead of connected?
Julie and I went to college together.
When others saw lemons, Julie made lemonade.
It’s not that Julie had fewer challenges than the rest of us,
It’s that Julie wrote the book on turning challenges into opportunities.
These days, Julie and I don’t talk as often as we’d like. After all, between us we have two jobs, two husbands, five kids and one house to manage.
Before Ivan, we had two houses to manage. But now Julie’s house is floating somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico.
I’ve talked to Julie often during the past week.
I can’t help her rebuild her house, but I can let her know I’m thinking of her.
Julie is sad about her “new” life, but as usual, she is making lemonade.
“After all…” she says, and begins her “I’m-thankful” list:
“Nobody in my family was killed or injured.
Phil and I still have jobs.
My parents can take care of the kids until we find a place to live.
We just moved in, and I hadn’t even started decorating.
And guess what? I found some of Grandmother’s china buried in muck in the front yard.”
Julie has a new perspective about her bills, her colleagues, her work responsibilities and her life. And she’s thankful for that, too.
I don’t want to depend on a natural disaster to remind me to be thankful. Got any good recipes for lemonade?