You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
A heartfelt Thank You to the 120 participants who braved bad traffic and a monsoon to come to MDG’s 13th annual event, Transitioning into and within the Medical Device Industry. I thought it was very successful, and it was – because of you. About 31 of you asked to receive my monthly Motivational Messages, which I found very gratifying. Welcome to the list, and I hope you enjoy the messages.
The MDG session was taped, and you can view it on my website, www.LisaSasso.com.
If you missed the event, there is always next year. If you want to be considered for a panel position or a special guest, let me know via phone or email.
Recently, two occasions reminded me of how short and unpredictable life can be.Elias Katsos, a father to one of my high school friends, and Hank Allard, a friend and fellow board member of MDG, died of progressive diseases. Yet they both lived graciously and courageously until the end. I’m very saddened by these losses but encouraged by the implicit message that life is precious.
This message motivates me to continue to take time to interact with and be there for my family and friends and to engage in acts of kindness whenever possible.
I talk to my parents and in-laws every day. I love them and am truly blessed to have them in my life and delight in enjoying them now. To paraphrase Emerson, it’s never too soon to appreciate the living and to be kind.
My appreciation for life is also expressed for my husband and son by spending time with them. Weekends are always dedicated to them, and there is even more time for us in the summer.
My son, John Robert, has been very busy this summer. We had a great family vacation. And then he was off to Boy Scout camp, Drama camp, and Dance camp. But this past week he had five unscheduled days. I told him I would take Wednesday off and do whatever he wanted to do. The other days he played with his best friends. For our day, John Robert wanted to see the Lion King and to go bowling. We had a great time. Furthermore, I didn’t feel the least bit guilty. Rather, I felt refreshed and more energetic when I returned to work.
So my main suggestion this month is to spend significant time with your kids, partners, and friends this summer. Schedule days when you don’t go to work and instead spend the time with your kids and other loved ones. Also, engage in acts of kindness toward others whenever possible.
Having said this, I must also say to be sure to pay attention to your own physical and mental health. We all know the basics – exercise, a healthy diet, adequate hydration, and sufficient sleep. Here are some special tips for mental well-being and maintaining healthy relationships: avoid going to bed feeling angry, instead, recall a couple of things for which you are grateful that occurred during the day, and every day, tell your loved ones how much they mean to you.
I hope you’re motivated to engage in some of these activities during the next few weeks.
I wish all of you a very happy, rewarding, and productive August!
With gratitude and best wishes,
Lisa Sasso, Executive Coach & Motivational Speaker