h my second daughter. She was born a two-pound preemie at 26 weeks. Pat had an amazing gift - she loved all babies, no matter what. We were fortunate that Pat was working the night my daughter was born and, thankfully, was assigned as her primary nurse. Pat cared for my child when I could not.
Her commitment was above and beyond. She cradled my child, took pictures of her when I couldn't be there and watched her with caution and awareness that only one with her experience could. A two-year old at home kept me away from a full-time watch but as often as possible, I stood beside Pat, watching her every move, learning how to hold a two-pounder, how to bathe her, how to read monitors and study oxygen levels. Her responsibility was monumental and her knowledge - key to my baby's survival and I was thankful.
She called me one morning, Easter morning, to tell me that my daughter had reached up with her tiny hand and pulled her breathing tube out. The doctor decided to leave it out to see if the baby would breathe without the assistance of a respirator. "You should come to the hospital, your baby is breathing on her own..." My forty-five minute drive seemed endless. And when I had arrived, the tube had been reinserted, my baby was unable to sustain breathing without assistance. Pat held my hand, comforted me, and assured me that someday, one day - all the parts would come together. And she was right.
It was not long and my daughter, Renee - now 21 - was able to come home at just under five pounds. She struggled through multiple ear infections and the heart ache of asthma but she soon thrived and won her battle. Pat went on to care for other babies and last I heard she had relocated to a hospital in Arizona, of course working in a NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) where she patted countless other mom's hands and rocked intubated babies to sleep. She recognized the battle she waged and its level of import. She never shirked her duties or rested on laurels of success for little lives waited to be saved. Her cape was a lab coat and no kryptonite plagued her.
There is a place for heroes. In hospitals, on football fields, in the car ahead of you. Perhaps, at the desk next to yours. Maybe it's even your desk, the possibility is real. A hero is not limited to leaping tall buildings or racing bullets. Every day bullets are dodged or impossibilities conquered. Maybe today is your single-bound or locomotive-stopping day. It could happen - but only if you believe in yourself and recognize the power within. I believe I can fly. by rayannethorn…
Frankly, yes - I have wondered that and often. But then I look around and realize that bad luck is all relative. It's the whole "one man's junk is another man's treasure" scenario. Life can suck and usually does. But it all depends on how you look at it.
I work hard. I play hard. And I really just want the simplest of things: I just wanna be happy - and I just want my children to be happy. I have never cared to be rich - just wanted enough to get by. I never wanted to be famous - unless it meant I was accepting an Oscar at a televised awards ceremony. And I never wanted to rule the world - just my own family or my own business. Relative is relative, I know.
If you get a splinter, what do you have to do? Well, you can leave it alone, it will most likely fester and become bothersome or worse, infected. Then you could take an antibiotic and the infection will go away, but it will still be bothersome. The most logical solution is to bite the bullet and dig out the splinter. That's what I usually do anyway. It's kind of like taking care of that zit in the middle of your forehead - everyone's gotta do what they gotta do.
Sometimes, the splinter still gets infected or the zit comes back. It's easy (and even feels good sometimes) to cry about it, whine about, scream about it, stomp your feet about it, or even throw things. I've done them all. But the best thing is to remove it - again.
Your splinter might be a family feud or an ex-spouse. It might be a cranky and unsatisfied boss or client. It might be a difficult project or recruitment. It might be a tax or IRS issue or simply finding work. Or, it could be a car accident you can't forget.
But do what you can to find peace or simple happiness. That may mean forgiving or forgetting. It may mean simply letting go. It isn't easy - it can be downright hard. And trust me, I can be stubborn and want to hang on to anger or hurt. It's so much easier to do than letting go and, gulp, experiencing growth. Damn, I hate it when that happens.
How about this? I'll try if you try.
Have a great weekend!
Rayanne Thorn, @ray_anne is the Marketing Director for the online recruiting software company, Broadbean Technology. She is also a proud mother of four residing in Laguna Beach, California, and a daily contributor for Blogging4Jobs. Connect with her on LinkedIn. …
my swearing, I fed my fever. And I suppose that is ok, because I do feel better. A bit better. I have a fever that is hanging right around 102° - I haven't had a fever in nineteen years, seriously.
I guess, I should look at it as a gift horse, for it is my understanding that a fever is cleansing, it is your body eliminating an infection or virus. I have no idea, because I am so completely unfamiliar with having a fever and I apologize should this post become incomprehensible and delirium sets in. I have dosed up on ibuprofen, I have had a cool, wet cloth on my forehead and neck, I am getting my share of water and I am going to bed early - so I am resting. I have followed "the" known-rules. And my lovely daughter just gave me the best massage ever.
As I face my obvious human-ness, the fact that I am weak, that I can't do everything or be everything all the time, I realize how lucky I have been. I am rarely sick and almost never have fevers. 400 mgs of Advil PM awaits me, as well as liquids and rest for the next twenty-four hours. Being a working mom has led to poor self-preservation habits. And I found out something, I don't like being ill. I don't like not managing my own destiny and having to rely on a thermometer to say I am well. I don't like aches in my joints and pains in my neck and head. And most of all? I don't like slowing down. As a matter of fact, I hate it.
I am one of those people that has always worked through the pain. For if I work through it, it is barely noticeable, right? And this is because I don't like staying where I am. I want to always be excelling, finding the better way. I have always lived by the principle that moving forward keeps you from standing still. Seems obvious, right? But so many forget this clear and simple observation. Moving forward keeps you from standing still.
The minute I stand still, I am destined to fall behind. And while there is safety in standing still, there is also no chance for greatness. I don't know about you, but I want to be great. I want to provide great things for my children, for my love, and for my work. I read somewhere that "fortune favors the bold." I dare to be bold, to not sit still, to fight through a fever and find the greatness waiting for me. Maybe I'm foolish, but then again, maybe I will find favor...
Aww, Fortuna, the Goddess of Luck - she is more likely to help those who take risks...
I am waiting Fortuna... I am almost delerious with fever, but I am waiting ;-)
reness online. TSNN eventFriend can also help attendees and exhibiting staff promote their involvement in the show and organize meetings in advance of the show.
Trade show professionals can now take advantage of the massive social media phenomenon, Facebook, through the TSNN (www.tsnn.com) in order to add incremental attendees and generate free advertising for their event. The TSNN eventFriend™ is now available for the entire event industry to leverage this enormous viral marketing opportunity at www.tsnneventfriend.com.
“We developed a new and free Facebook widget for trade show and event professionals, and the percolating interest is absolutely amazing,” says RD Whitney, CEO of TSNN’s parent Caroo Media (a division of Tarsus Group plc). “There is a massive contagious effect to what we are doing, and very simply, trade show producers who utilize this tool will have a new competitive advantage over those who don’t. Over 20 major trade show organizers have already agreed to utilize TSNN eventFriend™.”
“TSNN eventFriend™ is a cutting-edge opportunity to promote yourself in the trade show industry. More and more social media opportunities are critical to promote business these days. Making the leap into social networking and social media are imperative for business, and eventFriend™ permits that in a big way,” says Christopher Spencer, Vice-President of Immersa Marketing, e-Commerce author and subject matter expert.
Rick Calvert, CEO and co-founder of BlogWorld and New Media Expo, agrees, “I think that TSNN’s new integration with Facebook is a terrific step in the right direction connecting web 2.0 tools with face-to-face event marketing. It is just the latest example of why TSNN is a leader in our industry. Some show managers might wonder why this is important to their business, and the simple answer is, this is what future attendees are using to decide which events to attend”.
Millions of professionals from around the globe have been using Facebook to stay linked to friends and colleagues. While there has been a lot of hype, conscious adoption in the professional markets has been limited until now.
“This is a no-brainer,” asserts Stephen Nold, President of Advon Technologies and recognized meeting technology thought leader. “What’s not to like? Here’s a tool to cause a viral marketing infection about your trade show. The more it gets picked up, the more visibility for your show, the higher your show gets ranked in Facebook. This application is a win-win all around – for trade show producers, the attendees, the venue city and the show’s exhibitors.”
“This is the employee/business intersection social media sites have been waiting for,” states David Larkin, CEO of New York-based Loft Group. “We have been talking to major players in the trade show industry, and this has the potential to catch on like wild fire. Of particular interest, the various events that send this widget out to attendees will be ranked as a top show in Facebook. The more attendees use it, the higher the rank, the more visible the show.”
With a $15 billion valuation, traffic numbers that have grown 12-fold since 2006 and a rapid international adoption rate, Facebook is becoming a forum where more and more business professionals are connecting with colleagues. One of the ultimate points of connection affinity (untapped until now) is around business events and trade shows.
“80% of our attendees are apparel retailers who own their own businesses,” says Julie Ichiba, Executive Show Director of the Off Price Specialist Show. “We encourage them to take advantage of the free social media sites like Facebook to promote their stores. eventFriend™ will be a great resource for us to show them how to realize the opportunities of online networking and promotion.”
“Trade shows are face-to-face networking as Facebook is to virtual connections. We are just the conduit that completes the circle,” comments Whitney. “We encourage every trade show producer to invite their event attendees and exhibitors to maximize their time by making the networking connections and meeting appointments prior to the event. There’s nothing to lose, and massive incremental, free viral marketing to be gained. TSNN eventFriend™ will make you the office hero if you tell management that you’ve increased traffic without spending extra marketing money.”
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ty as it relates to sustainability - taken from the UNs Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Also interesting is similar information on sustainability from EarthTrends.
" Making the Case for Women
In defense of a gender perspective: Goals 1-7
Gender equality is not only a goal in its own right, but an essential ingredient for achieving all the MDGs, be it poverty eradication, protecting the environment, or access to healthcare. Attempting to meet the MDGs without incorporating gender equality will both increase the costs and minimize success. Because the MDGs are mutually reinforcing, success in meeting the goals will have positive impacts on gender equality, just as progress toward gender equality in any one area will help to further each of the other goals.
Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
It is now generally recognized that the majority of the world’s poor are women. Goal 1 reflects this by broadening the definition of poverty to encompass not only income poverty but other dimensions such as lack of empowerment, opportunity, capacity and security. Because many aspects of gender inequality influence the different dimensions of poverty, promoting gender equality in the design of strategies and actions to meet this goal is critical. Gender equality has a direct impact on economic growth and the reduction of income poverty by raising productivity improving efficiency, increasing economic opportunities and empowering women.
Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education.
Of the 150 million children aged 6-11 who don’t attend school, over 90 million are girls. Meeting the education goal therefore requires that the distinctive conditions preventing girls or boys from attending or completing primary school be addressed. Reducing education costs, improving quality, tackling parental concerns about female modesty or safety and increasing the returns to families that invest in female schooling are factors that can overcome social and economic barriers to girls’ education. Goal 2 is key to achieving Goal 1; eliminating gender disparities in education is one of the most effective poverty reduction strategies.
Goal 3: Promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Of the world's 876 million illiterate people over 15 years two-thirds are women; working women have less social protection and employment rights; a third of all women has been violently abused; over 500,000 women die each year in pregnancy and childbirth; and rates of HIV/AIDS infection among women are rapidly increasing. The proportion of seats held by women in national parliaments is also included making this goal important in its own right and to all the other MDG goals.
Art Pitcher said:Susan,
I think there is still a pervading mindset throughout this country and most of the world that women are simply worth less. I used to think it was just because they have been conditioned throughout time not to be assertive (for example, in asking for raises or negotiating).
However, I think the issue is actually much deeper. What I am going to say next is purely my opinion, but having a 12 year old daughter and getting to know her friends has allowed me to make a couple of observations.
I think society encourages young women to have a very temporary attitude about their careers because, after all, they're going to go get married and have babies. So why build your way up the career ladder if you're only going to abandon it when the right guy comes along?
This is not my viewpoint, but I am making an observation about the messages that are sent to young women, and that - I believe - is very telling about how much our society perceives the role of women.
In other words, as a hiring manager (general statement disclaimer, I mean a hiring manager OTHER than me), perhaps I am interviewing and in the back of my mind I'm seeing maternity leave, and maybe some time off after that, and maybe not coming back at all, after I've made an investment of both money and resources in this person. Whereas in my next interview, I'm wondering how much liquor this guy could hold before he passes out.
I'm just saying. We're better as a culture in that this gender bias appears to have become more COVERT rather than OVERT..... but we still have a long way to go before the GENERAL valuation of the work produced by women is perceived as equal. And then there is the whole PC movement and the feminization of male characteristics in an effort to appear empathetic, and the list goes on.
In some ways our society appears to have done a fairly good job trying to create an equilibrium, but then I see soccer teams that are "participation" based, where there are no winners and losers - or where EVERYONE'S a winner.
That's not preparing our children effectively for the workplace, in my opinion.
Sorry about the tangent.
Susan Burns said:Good question Art. I've seen 3 trends - (1) reflective of men continuing to focus on being the primary family wage earner, to a larger degree than women; (2) prestige of the "school" within which the major sits at the university - arts/sciences rather than business so less men are attracted to the major; and, (3) perception of the "industry" as not "masculine" - obviously, self fulfilling prophecy.There are many similarities between retail and PR. In fact, starting wages in retail are significantly higher than PR and development programs are move evolved. I was very surprised to find a mindset within PR that continued to believe that PR college interns should work for free "because its a privilege" and that graduating seniors were being offered internships. Both of these are also big turnoffs to men and ethnic minorities, as well as top-tier students in general. All of which shows up in the senior ranks over time.What do you think?Art Pitcher said: