Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Do You Dread Your Monday?

Monday

Monday

Maybe this is the week you ask a little of your employer. Or a lot!

Mondays come with a sense of dread for a lot of people. Numbers of people haul their hips to a job they hate, and do work that holds little meaning for them for a paycheck that barely pays the bills. I know it’s true because people tell me of their workplace experiences. Over objections, I often ask, “What IF you brought ONE of your personal passions to the workplace?” I get a litany of reasons why it would never work. “Have you tried?” The answer is usually a resigned,  “No.”

For several years I held a job that had no relationship to any of my dreams. Bit by bit I brought my passions, interests and skills to the desk at which I worked daily. By the time I left, I was responsible for creating signage, and coordinated every event and party that occurred in the large facility. I changed the way people got to retire out of positions that they’d faithfully served in for decades.

It took time, perseverance and will to ask for the changes. Sometimes I was told, “No.” Mostly I took that answer to mean, “Not yet.” When I left that position in (gasp, so long ago)1984, I was sorry to go. And they were sorry to see me leave. If I’d never imagined a different way of getting to do my work, I would have been racing to the day that I could leave.

What skill, talent, ability do you have that you love doing when you are NOT at work that could be leveraged into use at your workplace? It might be tempting to think they deserve “that” part of you. Consider that YOU deserve that part of you to be expressed in the course of your hours that you trade for a paycheck. Consider what it would be like to go to sleep Sunday night with a sense of anticipation for going to work the next day.  Consider that. . . maybe this is the week.

A LIFELONG Leadership Story

Taken from LEAN FORWARD INTO YOUR LIFE, Conari Press, 2007, Mary Anne Radmacher

From early in my childhood I heard my father recount a story which typified his management and leadership style. The building in which he was a graveyard-shift foreman had sheet metal for a roof.  It was a good thing in the hot summer,   somehow  serving to help cool the building. In the winter, however, it was a liability. The snow  piled and worked to invert the sheet metal, causing serious concern about a roof collapse.  The roof had to be cleared of its snow. It was a dangerous job. Climbing a ladder to a warehouse roof in a snow storm to shovel snow off sheet metal wasn’t anyone’s idea of a good time. But it was necessary for everyone’s safety that four people subject themselves to this danger. All were grateful that Oregon was not long subjected to seasonal  snow storms.

In advance of the effort my father did two things. He placed enough equipment and outdoor gear for four people in the corner by the door. Then, when it was time he left his desk, went to the corner, and started suiting up. He assured me, each time he told me the story, that he was willing to go on the roof and get the job done alone. Although he never had to do the job by himself. He was  always joined by three other men. Each time, it was a different group, but by the time my dad was suited up and put his hand to one of the four snow shovels, there were three men in line behind, read to grab the other shovels.

When I was older he elaborated on the story just a little.  He explained to me why he would never accept offered promotions into management, off the production-facility floor.

“In a suit, you tell four men that they have to climb on the roof and put themselves at risk for the greater good. On the production floor, you climb on the roof for the greater good, putting yourself at risk, and there are people who follow. Not because you told them to, but because you led the way.”

In the first couple of years of operating myown business, I kept a shovel in the corner of the space in which I worked to remind me of the kind of leader I wanted to be.

REMEMBER AND DO WHAT MATTERS

Remember and Do What Matters

Remember and Do What Matters

Upset About the Hobby Lobby / Supreme Court Decision

Or, are you celebratory of the decision?  In any event, people often inquire what can one person do about such large matters? I offer a sixty word summary first and then in 1051 words I explore more deeply.  My perspective is one of chagrin at the Constitutional compromise that the decision represents.  Perhaps your view is different.  In any case, these suggestions may apply to any viewpoint.

Sixty word summary:

What can one person do?  Be informed. Write a Letter to the Supreme Court. Write a letter to an elected official.  Begin a petition. Participate in or file an amicus brief (assuming the court would be willing to overturn their own decision). Educate yourself on the motivations and rationale of individuals and organizations whose views are counter to your own.
And now for more than 1051 words exploring possible actions for a citizen who has an opinion to express:

What can one person do?  Be informed. Write a Letter to the Supreme Court. Write a letter to an elected official.  Begin a petition. Participate in or file an amicus brief (assuming the court would be willing to overturn their own decision). Educate yourself on the motivations and rationale of individuals and organizations whose views are counter to your own.
IF you have a strong opinion about the Supreme Court’s decision regarding Hobby Lobby, you can do more than type in all CAPS in social media.  I want to encourage you to do one or more of these things.  What better time to exercise your right to engage your legal process and your elected officials than on and around Independence Day.  And, if you would care to join me in a holiday ritual I hold dear, get a copy of the CONSTITION and read it through on the 4th of July.  A lot of lives have been invested and sacrificed to uphold that document.
“THIS REALLY ISN’T ABOUT THAT.”  My view is that the Hobby Lobby case simply serves as the whipping post for folks who are operating with many other items on their agenda.  Considering more than headlines reveals this as a multi-layered, complex issue that has so many motivations behind it it makes my head spin.  At the heart of this, people who oppose abortion and a woman’s right to utilize birth control, and those who want to undermine the continued success of the Affordable Care Act, want to seize this as a current case celebre. That essentially that many folks are simply using the Hobby Lobby case to further their own personal agenda.    And, of course, there are those who earnestly feel from their core that this was a correct decision.  Here again, I would urge a beginning to end reading of the Constitution.
RATHER THAN JOIN THE FIRESTORM OF RAISED VOICES EXPRESSING OUTRAGE, I AM OFFERING AN ADDITIONAL COURSE OF ACTION TO WRITING IN ALL CAPS IN SOCIAL MEDIA.  If you feel strongly consider one or more of these actions.
Write a brief letter to a Supreme Court Justice.
Here are the names of the Cheif Justice and Associate Justice’s currently serving on the  Supreme Court:
John G. Roberts (Cheif); and the Associate’s:  Antonin Scalia, Anthony M.Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr., Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan.
Write the court or a specific Justsice. State your opinion clearly.  IF you want them to reconsider their action, ask specifically for what you would like them to do.
Address your letter,“Dear Chief Justice Roberts:” or Dear Associate Justice (last name)
Mail your letter to:           The Supreme Court of the United States, U.S. Supreme Court Building1 First Street NE,  Washington, DC 20543
Write a letter to your elected officials.  You can find their contact information here:

http://thomas.loc.gov/home/state-legislatures.html

Sign a Petition or Create your own petition to raise awareness and send along,
ultimately, to the Supreme Court.

Sandra Fluke is orchestrating a petition:  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/30/1310701/-BREAKING-SUPREME-COURT-DECIDES-THAT-CORPORATE-RIGHTS-TRUMP-WOMEN-S-RIGHTS

http://petitions.moveon.org/create_start.html?source=ads.ck.mop.gs.g08.a01

and here is another site to create a petition:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/create.html?cid=create_google_0514&gclid=CjgKEAjw286dBRDmwbLi8KP71GQSJAAOk4sjpMczv2lILZVk-Yj2p1dWKGXKSvmcB-nhZrookH7bM_D_BwE

LEARN MORE about the people serving on the court. Here is where you can read a brief biographical bit about the Justices that serve in the highest court in the land:   http://www.supremecourt.gov/about/biographies.aspx
88 Senators and representatives signed an Amicus brief* in Support of the Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby.  Patty Murray*, Washington State Senator, signed an amicus  brief  (with 18 other Senators) Supporting the Government’s position against the Hobby Lobby claim in the Supreme Court.  In January Senator Murray explained in 8 minutes why she wanted the Supreme Court to not rule in favor of Hobby Lobby.   See it here:

http://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2014/1/hobby-lobby-murray-leads-senate-democrats-amicus-brief-in-scotus-case

Consider Filing a Legal Opinion known as an Amicus Brief.
An Amicus is essentially a legally recognized statement of opinion. Find out who in your region might be filing an Amicus brief (called Amicus curiae brief)and find how you can participate, or if your interest and resources allow, arrange to file your own.
The Hobby Lobby Ruling may have generated more Amicus briefs than any other court consideration.  I say may because I am unable to substantiate that view.  I have read accounts that say 84 were filed.
Here is a wiki/answer about such a brief:  http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_Amicus_Curiae_briefs_and_who_can_file_them

From Slate. com in an article by Brian Palmer, “Amicus curiae briefs are submissions to the court on behalf of people or organizations that are not parties to the case. It’s difficult to measure their effectiveness because, these days, both sides of most cases receive amicus briefs. At the beginning of the 20th century, amicus briefs were filed in only 10 percent of cases. Amici now participate in 85 percent of high-court cases. Some patterns have emerged, however. Some amici are better than others. The solicitor general, who represents the United States government before the Supreme Court, is by far the most influential amicus a litigant can have before the court. When the administration submits an amicus curiae brief, the government’s side wins 75 percent of the time, and the solicitor general’s winning percentage seems to be increasing. Other experienced organizations, such as the ACLU and the AFL-CIO, are also statistically likely to have their side succeed. If you can’t get a big-shot amicus on your side, hire an experienced attorney. High-profile Supreme Court litigators seem to have more success with amicus briefs than other attorneys do.”

The Anti-Defamation League offers specific viewpoints and in depth information on the workings of the Supreme Court:  http://www.adl.org/supreme-court-review/2014/

The American Center for Liberty and Justice worked hard FOR this decision.  Yes. I said FOR this decision. In case you would like to read about this group of people who worked hard FOR this Supreme Court decision and learn why they think it is a reason for celebration, here:

http://aclj.org/obamacare/in-the-wake-of-hobby-lobby

And here is another organization working diligently to undermine women’s health care in the name of religious liberty:   http://www.becketfund.org/hobbylobbyamicus/

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