A Gift To All

//A Gift To All

A Gift To All

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A Gift For All

This  note was sent to me by a good friend Jim Kerrick from Sammamish, WA. This is well worth reading, thank you Jim.

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked…”how heavy is this glass of water”? Answers called out ranged from 8 ounces to 2 pounds. The lecturer replied, “the absolute weight doesn’t matter, it depends on how long you hold it.  If you hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem.  If you hold it for an hour, your arm will ache.  If you hold it for a day, you may have to call an ambulance.  In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer you hold it, the heavier it becomes”.  He continued…”and that’s how it is with stress management.  If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, the burden will become increasingly heavy and we won’t be able to carry on any longer.” As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again.  When you’re refreshed, you can carry on with the burden.  So before you return home tonight or any night, put the burden of work down, don’t carry it home.  You can pick it up again tomorrow.  Whatever burdens you’re carrying now, put them down for a moment if you can.  Especially at this time of the year.

So friends, put down anything that may be a burden to you right now.  Don’t pick it up again until after you’re rested for a while.

Here’s some great tips for helping you do that:  •    Just accept that some days you’re the statue and some days you’re the pigeon. •    Keep your words soft and sweet in case you have to eat them •    Wear things that make you look good in case you die in the middle of it •    Don’t text while driving.   Car’s aren’t the only things recalled by their “maker” •    Nobody cares if you dance well, just get up and dance with someone •    If everything is coming your way, you’re probably in the wrong lane •    Birthdays are really good for you.  The more you have, the more you live! •    Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once •    Truly happy people are one’s who enjoy the scenery on a detour.

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About the Author:

Lisbeth Calandrino is an award winning trainer, entrepreneur, and blogger and has spent over twenty years developing custom tailored marketing and customer service programs for businesses. Her recently published book, Red Hot Customer Service, 35 Sizzling Ways to Heat up Your Business and Ignite Your Sales defines the steps necessary to build a competitive advantage and turn great companies into unforgettable or red hot companies. Lisbeth admits that much of her knowledge came from her Italian grandfather who despite very little formal education and a limited English vocabulary, managed to became both successful and wealthy. Lisbeth has wonderful stories about Grandpa DiBiagio’s and her time spent learning how to managing Grandpa’s fruit stand. Because of Lisbeth’s experience as a business owner, having been the managing partner and owner of 7 furniture and carpet stores for 14 years, she is able to bring her extensive business knowledge and experience to all of her clients. Lisbeth’s awards include executive of the year award from the International Executive Association, Albany chapter (a business networking group) and first place honors in an international marketing contest for alternative medicine. A two time cancer survivor, she has spoken extensively about her experiences of cancer, offering words of comfort and inspiration. As an activist, Lisbeth has initiated and contributed to many charitable causes. She has worked with at-risk youth, spoken out against injustice and advocated to and helped to build resources for women. As a presenter, Lisbeth Calandrino is highly motivational, information-rich, and very entertaining. Her acute business sense, contagious enthusiasm, positive energy and fun sense of humor make her a dynamic presenter. Lisbeth is a member of New York, Historic Albany Foundation, educational director of Business Referrals Networking Group and member of the board of directors of the Animal Protective Foundation of Scotia, New York.


  1. Lynn December 31, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Love the tips! I will make sure I get out there and dance, embrace my birthdays, and take lots of detours! Once a again – great post! Happy New Year!

  2. Lisbeth Calandrino December 31, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I know you will, you’re the best! Let’s get going on that house. Love, Lizz

  3. JD January 1, 2011 at 9:01 am

    This is wonderful Lis. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. I think everyone in the sales world should read this; it’s our lives. I will do my part in sharing it with my associates.

  4. Lisbeth Calandrino January 1, 2011 at 9:28 am

    JD, thank you so much for taking the time to write a note. Our attitude will determine how much we enjoy our lives. Happy New Year and save some sun for me!

  5. Caren January 1, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Lis, a great post to start off the new year! I wish I read it before calling my Mom. My words to her could have been a bit softer and sweeter. Next call…

    Happy New Year my friend!!

  6. Lisbeth Calandrino January 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Caren, thank you so much for the note. I love your thought, “next call”..be well my dear friend.

  7. Dan Alcorn January 4, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Thanks for the great post. I love the advice: ““the absolute weight doesn’t matter, it depends on how long you hold it. …..it’s the same weight, but the longer you hold it, the heavier it becomes”.

    Sometimes we hold on to burdens just thinking they will get lighter. Doesn’t your arm feel better when you let go? Mines does.

    Happy New Year to you…”lots of good stuff just waitin’ to happen!”

  8. Lisbeth Calandrino January 4, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    You’re the best Dan. “The longer you hold it the heavier it becomes.”

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