Thanksgiving Perspectives then and Now…

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Have a Safe and Enjoyable Thanksgiving Week as you Choose Who You Want to be Known As.  “Jo Ann” M. Radja, Executive Coach     LIFE IS GOOD

 

Two Perspectives on Thanksgiving 2018

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T ransparency
H elps
A ll of us to understand those in
N eed of random acts of
K indness. We
S eek friendship and care from the people in our lives as
G ratitude comes into play on this Holiday.
I t’s a process to learn how to become
V ulnerable as we let others
I nside of our thinking.
N ow is the day to
G ive back to those who need a helping hand.©Jo Ann M. Radja

T his USA holiday reminds us of
H ow the diversity of thought was present
A s the pilgrims immigrated to Colonial America.
N ow we remember why courage to survive and to
K now your neighbors, led to a celebration with food,
and why it is
S omething we still do today.
G iving thanks for what we survived from or
accomplished this year, we
I nstinctively raise our
V oices to push through the pain to allow joy in our lives again.
I t’s the American Way
N ever to forget how
G iving back to others is how we grow in
strength ourselves.©Jo Ann M. Radja

Thank you to all who found value in reading this Blog during the year.  A Very Happy Thanksgiving to you from Chicago as you Choose Who You Want to be Known As.

“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Executive Coach
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2018 Happy Veteran’s Day

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Happy Veteran’s Day to all who chose to protect us and our freedoms. Thank YOU!

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Choose Who You Want to be Known As this weekend and heartfelt thoughts to all the Survivors this past week in California and elsewhere.

“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Executive Coach

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Chicago Thanksgiving Week 2017

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Our rural ancestors, with little blest,
Patient of labour when the end was rest,
Indulged the day that housed their annual grain,
With feasts, and off’rings, and a thankful strain.
Alexander Pope  

From Chicago this Thanksgiving Week, I hope you enjoy this American holiday, whether you are with family, or friends, or on your own . . .perhaps these Chicago pics will remind you how we are one as these pictures can be seen by us all.  Happy Thanksgiving!

As you Choose who You Want to be known as this week, Enjoy the holiday!

“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Executive and Career Management Coach

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Note:  The above quotation is found at http://www.http://www.wow4u.com/qthankfulness/

All pictures displayed above were shot from my Apple 7 camera this morning.

A New 2016 Thanksgiving

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A great challenge of life: Knowing enough to think you’re doing it right, but not enough to know you’re doing it wrong.  Neil deGrasse Tyson

I have never seen a photo of a Turkey in flight; of course birds fly, and it was whimsical to see the above photo of the majesty of a turkey in flight.  Since the American Thanksgiving holiday came to be in 1789 ,  we can reflect on positive history over our past generations.  Here are a few videos to listen to over this Holiday Weekend:

Thanksgiving music:   http://www.fuse.tv/2014/11/thanksgiving-music-playlist-ultimate#7

How our first President, George Washington handled the surrounding conflict as he set about organizing the First Thanksgiving celebration of our young Nation: http://www.wsj.com/video/opinion-journal-the-first-thanksgiving/1AD96C87-0CB2-45FA-A8F3-274CE8D7C096.html?mod=djemBestOfTheWebtha

Lastly, from Chicago, the Thanksgiving Day Parade – :http://www.chicagofestivals.org/ 

I hope you enjoy a new experience this Thanksgiving Holiday as you Choose Who You Want to be Known As.  Enjoy!

“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Executive and Career Management Coach

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Pepper Spice, Nuts, Fruit and other Bounty

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PinterestonBING112315a8c92ffe625b77a88ca1d83ef3f344d2Our workplace demonstrates how diversity enhances our well-being. We like to hear: “We’re glad you’re here.” “Thanks for bringing up that point, it adds to our conversation.” “I didn’t know that’s what it means in your culture.”

Our commonality looks for the difference we bring to the Table. It enables us to understand another viewpoint and how the viewpoint impacts the discussion.

With pride, we may bring to the Thanksgiving Table, pepper spice, nuts, fruit and our local Bounty – just a few of the diversity items we add to the mix of celebrating Thanksgiving. Because it is a centuries old tradition of giving thanks for a good harvest, our ancestors taught us to recognize how adversity shows us to step back and give thanks for what we did right during the year – whether during our career or personally.

New beginnings definitely took place during our career this year and we survived events we never contemplated. As You Choose Who You Want to be Known As this Thanksgiving, have a safe and enjoyable Holiday!

Shown below are a few websites that may bring a smile of knowing new facts about Thanksgiving —

8 Terrific Turkey Facts: http://www.livescience.com/17057-turkey-facts-thanksgiving.html

11 Surprising Thanksgiving Facts: http://www.livescience.com/41506-surprising-thanksgiving-facts.html?li_source=LI&li_medium=most-popular

Historical Facts about Thanksgiving you may not have known: http://www.plimoth.org/learn/multimedia-reference-library/read-articles-and-writings/thanksgiving-history

Enjoy! “Jo Ann” M. Radja, Executive and Career Management Coach

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Monday Musing – 16 days into November 2015

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New words that describe continuity, words we might want to use and one word with 12 meanings are the subject matters of the following three recently posted articles on different aspects of continuity in today’s workplace.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/15/business/ibms-design-centered-strategy-to-set-free-the-squares.html?_r=1

 

http://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/38-convincing-words-and-phrases-to-adopt-immediately-.html

 

http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/12-reasons-to-hire-employees-who-make-mistakes.html

Have a great week in your careers!

“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Executive & Career Management Coach

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Symbol of GRATITUDE

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Two days ago in my home State of Illinois, a multitude of tornadoes struck communities in at least 13 Counties.  [It was reported some 17 tornadoes were sited and by Monday morning, 80 tornadoes blew through the Midwest Region.]

Many people who were interviewed, spoke about how grateful they were to be alive.  While their home was destroyed, they could rebuild.  While their possessions were taken in this act of nature, their life was spared.  While years of joy in maintaining and furnishing their home was wiped out in a second or two, they were in a community of friends and neighbors (nearby and within Illinois), who gave them solace and friendship. The SYMBOL OF GRATITUDE resided in their hearts.   Finding the personal truth in yourself during a time of crisis is a learned virtue as these citizens Chose Who they wanted to Be Known As.

The symbol of gratitude itself has been a bit difficult to track down.   The circle is an accepted symbol of inclusiveness and represents many aspects of our human nature.    Our Global community throughout the world has roots within the spirituality of GRATITUDE and the use of a circle symbol.

An art exhibit entitled, “Beauty and the Brain Revealed”  is presently on display at the AAAS Art Gallery in Washington, D.C.    Five days ago,  Megan Gambino posted a Blog explaining this Art Exhibit  http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/artscience/2013/11/do-our-brains-find-certain-shapes-more-attractive-than-others/).  Her Blog included a brief video of two Neuroscience Experts who discuss how our brains relate to abstract shapes.

Whether from exemplary observations of our neighbors or from recognized Neuroscientists, Choose Who You Want to be Known As in your careers,  during this wintry week of November, 2013.

“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Career Management Coach

Notes: “Beauty and the Brain Revealed” is on display at the AAAS Art Gallery in Washington, D.C., through January 3, 2014.  Read more: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/artscience/2013/11/do-our-brains-find-certain-shapes-more-attractive-than-others/#ixzz2l6p7kWlg Follow us: @SmithsonianMag on Twitter

Why do we find some works of art so appealing? The exhibition Beauty and the Brain Revealed at the American Association for the Advancement of Science builds on a 2010 collaboration between the Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute at the Johns Hopkins University and

the Walters Art Museum to examine how the brain perceives abstract sculpture. The original project was initiated and funded by the Johns Hopkins Brain Science Institute. Gallery visitors will wear 3-D glasses to explore digitally morphed versions of sculpture and learn how 3-D

shape characteristics relate to aesthetic preferences. Through January 3, 2014

http://srhrl.aaas.org/projects/science_society/neurosociety/art.shtml November 19, 2013.

Vulnerability

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It’s not often that we speak about vulnerability in our private lives.   We tend to look to the experts around us to assess and manage the risks we may be exposed to in our neighborhoods, our communities and the world at large.   Our governments strive to keep order for the common good and our well being.  Yet, Vulnerability is an attribute we may not apply to ourselves.  Speaking positively, we are, have been and will continue to be vulnerable.  It’s how we learn about ourselves.

Staff within the Federal Government (at fs.fed.us) describe Vulnerability this way:

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Adjustment goes hand in hand with being vulnerable as demonstrated by the following graph from a Peace Corps worker named Bailey:

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A well-known International Coaching Expert, Brené Brown describes Vulnerability as follows:

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Very recently, I attended a two-day Coaching Seminar on cultural competency.   I participated in a brief exercise to understand and recognize Vulnerability.  It was an enlightening experience.  So please enjoy your activities during this first full week of November as You Choose Who You Want to be Known As.

“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Career Management Coach and Change Agent

When Do You Decide…

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When do you decide to go to a professional and pay for advice?  I almost did so this morning online concerning a breach of privacy issue with a specific online product.  An avatar tech informed me that if the answer solved the … Continue reading