A year ago, on the eve of Fat Tuesday, I came across a table full of assorted boxes of Paczki at my local grocery store. Wanting to treat my family, I seized the opportunity to buy a box of six. But I quickly realized there were several different fillings to choose from. I was overwhelmed. All of them sounded delicious, so I ended up grabbing four boxes. Yes, it was gluttonous.
You’ve seen that meme that says, “Lack of planning on your part doesn’t constitute an emergency on my part.” That’s the story of my life at the office – my boss’ poor planning results in rush projects and late days for me. How can I address this to achieve a change?
Cagily, gingerly, persuasively and realistically.
My siblings want to go in together on a cruise for my parents as a 50th anniversary gift. I just can’t afford to do this, but they are insisting I need to do my share. How can I get out of this without losing my family?
I understand why this is causing you such stress, no one wants to risk losing the most important relationships in their lives – their family.
Jennifer is always texting, even during dinner. I’d really like to have an uninterrupted conversation occasionally, particularly at meals. I feel as if she’s never fully focused on us.
She says: I can multi-task, what's the problem?
I have a lot of people who need to get hold of me, often for work. I can multi-task and check texts and listen to Mark at the same time. I don’t see the problem.
A few years ago, I remember going through my 7-year-old son’s backpack and finding an egg carton with little objects in each cavity. One by one, I began to take them out and study them — a tree twig, a plastic star, a ladder made from toothpicks and so on. When I asked him for an explanation, he told me all about the “Jesse tree” that he created in class.
Are you and your group of friends just starting out and wondering if you can afford to do a gift exchange? Why not try this — do away with friend gifts altogether! Celebrate the true spirit of Christmas without material gifting.
1. Adopt a family together. Why not grab an angel or two from the tree at church and spend an evening shopping for the child or family? This allows you to spend time together while helping others feel loved in the process.