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My Life Brand... and a Fable

My Life Brand _______________ “We all have personal brands and most of us have already left a digital footprint, whether we like it or not. Proper social media use highlights your strengths that may not shine through in an interview or application and gives the world a broader view of who you are. Use it wisely.” – Amy Jo Martin, American author, speaker, entrepreneur, and founder and CEO of Digital Royalty. Now I get it!!! The Memo, that is... For almost a year, “But I Never Got the Memo” was the subtitle of this blog... It was time to change it to reflect the brand aware and branded me. Whether or not an ordinary life like mine is worthy of branding is debatable. After all, I haven’t cured cancer, created the most-awesome-must-have tech product, or starred in a blockbuster movie. I have written and published some books and have been awarded a Fulbright Award – not too shabby for an ordinary life – but mine is not a famous life or brand. I hope that, as a te

A Cherokee Fable of Two Wolves: Good and Evil

Sometimes, the best life lessons that are passed from one generation to the next are short, simple, elegant, and breathtaking. I found one such lesson on my Facebook timeline as a meme. I want to share this fable with you: An old Cherokee told his grandson, My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealously, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth. The boy thought about it, and asked, Grandfather, which wolf wins? The old man quietly replied, The one you feed. – Author unknown Of course, the grandfather’s message is implicit: Feed the good wolf and starve the evil one. While the grandfather’s lesson is deceptively simple, it is difficult to learn in its totality – that bad wolf resides within all of us, and he is hungry and greedy, always pushing, pushing, pushing... Because we are constantly wanting something, what

A Fable: The Hare and the Tortoise (The Diet Version)

The Hare and the Tortoise, by Arthur Rackham* _________________________________ Once upon a time, there was a fat hare who boasted how she could lose weight faster than anyone else (for she had done it several times before and, therefore, was a top-notch expert on weight loss); she was forever teasing the lumbering tortoise about her poky metabolism, her love of good food, overall slow ways, and the fact that she had never ever been on a diet before. Then one day, the irate tortoise had enough and answered back: "Who do you think you are? There's no denying you can lose weight in a flash, but even you can be outdone, at least in the long haul!" The hare squealed with laughter. "Beaten in a weight-loss challenge? By whom? Not you, oh portly one! I bet there's nobody in the world who can lose weight better than me, I'm so accomplished at shedding pounds. If you think you can beat me, why don't you just try? Annoyed by such bragging, the tortoise accepted t

Memoir Madness: Driven to Involuntary Commitment