Archive for April, 2008

I received a call at work today that I can’t post about (for legal reasons), but it brought my nice Friday afternoon crashing down.  It’s related to the auto accident I had a while ago.  We’ll just leave it at this:  I spent a few minutes looking through the yellow pages for lawyers after I got off work.

This sucks and I’m kinda scared.  I hate being scared, it’s the worst feeling ever.  Plus, we REALLY don’t have money for shit like this.  I don’t even have a car right now–I need our economic stimulus plan check for a car, not lawyer’s fees, damn it.

Without having much information to go off of, does anyone have advice, tips, suggestions, or a similar story to share?

(Now I get to go home & ruin my husband’s Friday evening.)

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

I recently finished ‘reading’ (via audio book, thanks to The Dayton Public Library) Stephen R. Covey’s highly touted book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  I’d heard a lot about the book, as I think most everyone has, thus I had high expectations for its contents.

Let me first introduce you to the 7 habits.  As defined in his book, Mr. Covey’s 7 habits are:

1. Be proactive
2. Begin with the end in mind
3. Put first things first
4. Think win/win
5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood
6. Synergize
7. Sharpen the saw

Of course, there’s much more to these ‘rules of living’–an entire book’s worth actually!

In my opinion, 7 habits is a book comprised of 75% common sense and 25% Mr. Covey’s inventive thinking.  Now, don’t get me wrong–I see or hear of people every day who are in need of a good dose of common sense.  And in my opinion there is plenty of room for a self help book based primarily on integrating common sense into one’s routine, thus forming habits.  However, I myself found the book a bit of a letdown.  After all the hype, I was expecting something profound in 7 Habits.  While Mr. Covey was quite ingenious, and has developed said ‘common sense’ quite extensively to get to his 7 habits, I found the WOW factor lacking.  While the book gives everyday examples and solutions, I found that the solutions given were methods that I already know and use.  Thus, nothing profound. 

I read a review that stated, “If you were paying attention in life, you already  know the Seven Habits,” and I agree.  My feeling is that those who are at a level of comprehension and understanding to be reading self help books are probably above the “common sense” level that the book covers.  For the rest of America, this book could be quite helpful.

As an aside, the gentleman who reads the book for the recorded version has an intriguing accent! 

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I know, I’m a horrible horrible person.  My last post was over a month ago.  March 19th, I think.  I promise I’ll get better (spring is just crazy).   In the meantime, here is my plea for help for a good cause:

As of recently, I am participating in March for Babies because I believe in the March of Dimes mission to save babies. Please support my fundraising efforts by sponsoring me in March for Babies today.  I will be walking in the March for Babies event at Sawyer Point Park in Cincinnati this Sunday, April 27th.
Your online contribution to my march is fast, easy and secure. You can donate directly from my personal webpage with a credit/debit card or PayPal.  As I mentioned above, I have only 3 days to reach my goal! 
The money we raise helps save premature and sick babies. Premature birth is the #1 cause of newborn death and the biggest threat to babies’ health today, and through March for Babies, the March of Dimes is funding important research to find out why premature birth happens and what can be done to prevent it.
The March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.

 Thank you for your support!



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