August 18th

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We are all in the same boat

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Taking the stance that it’s not about work vs. life, but rather work and life are connected and are allies, then what are some of the ways that your workplace might also help you to navigate toward your preferred destination?  What does it look like to increase your awareness about the value of balance in our lives?  Simply put, it is about getting ‘back to basics’ and recognizing that balance is a ‘choice’ not a right, thereby taking control of our choices to finally stop trying to be all things to all people all the time finally giving ourselves permission to take care of the ‘self’ by living our lives based on our values, priorities and what matters most. That is when we will finally be able to say that ‘things just feel right’ for we have ‘balance’.  Erma Bombeck was a humourist and journalist who died in 1996 – she implores us to put our lives in perspective and shift the way we do things in a poem that she wrote while she was battling cancer,


I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the ‘good’ living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television – and more while watching life.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, “Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.”

There would have been more “I love yous”..  more “I’m sorrys”…  but mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute…look at it and really see it…live it…and never give it back.

By Erma Bombeck

How do you implement these ideas in your day?

Susan Barron & Renee Climans

Susan Barron & Renee Climans

We are both accomplished Social Workers (Masters of Social Work and Registered Social Workers) with extensive backgrounds in counselling/coaching with individuals, couples, families and groups. Throughout our over 25 years of professional practice, we have worked and consulted in a variety of health care and corporate settings.In addition,we have served as field instructors for Social Work students, presented guest lectures at Ryerson and University of Toronto, presented training workshops on a variety of wellness topics to corporations and institutions across Ontario, presented locally, nationally and internationally on various topics in the field of health care, and have published articles for several journals and are involved in a variety of support group initiatives.


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