If you’ve ever watched re-runs from The Andy Griffith Show, you might remember an episode called “Opie’s Fortune,” in which Opie finds a lost coin purse containing $50. After waiting for the legally required amount of time for the rightful owner to appear, Andy allows Opie to keep the money. Opie, of course, can only think about how he is going to spend his fortune. “When fellows come into a lot of money,” Andy reminds him, “what they usually do is spend some of it and save some of it. You know, save some of it for a rainy day….”
If you’re gaining all you can reasonably and honestly, and you’re spending wisely and saving all you can, it’s time to consider giving. But giving all you can? What exactly did John Wesley mean by this third point in his money sermon more than 200 years ago? How can it fit into a modern-day view of money management?
Not everyone chooses a career so early in life. In fact, many people struggle with choosing a profession or changing professions. So where can you turn for this kind of specific direction? The answer…professional career counseling. Contrary to common thought, a career counselor provides guidance to people in a variety of situations.
If you’ve read Part 1, you can see that career counseling isn’t just for high school students. Although if you are a high school student, you should seriously consider counseling as you head toward graduation! But whether you’re a student or a business executive seeking a change, you’d probably like to know what career counseling is really like before you plunge into it. So, here’s your chance to step into the Counselor’s office…
When you’re told, “Listen!” by someone, most often you think, “I need to hear this.” Listen to your boss's instructions; listen to the PA announcement at the airport; listen to the information your friend is sharing, and on it goes. But listening is so much more than hearing. It’s what happens when we open not only our ears, but also open our minds – and sometimes our hearts – to another person.
In Part 1, we discussed why listening well is so important; now, it’s time to learn how to do it. First, we’ll take a look at what not to do; this will help you avoid common mistakes that get in the way of opening our minds and hearts to others. Then, we’ll focus on ways to beef up your listening skills in our Active Listening Action Plan.
Fred often goes to bed at 9:00 and gets up at 4:00. Wow! Talk about early to bed and early to rise…. good for him, right? Well…not really. Not when you learn that it’s 9:00 AM when he’s going to bed and 4:00 PM when he’s getting up! You might think Fred works the nightshift, but he doesn’t. He has some serious underlying problems when it comes to proper sleep.
In part 1 of Time for Bed, you read about Fred who sometimes goes to bed at 9:00 AM and gets up at 4:00 PM, “I’m a sleep failure,” he says, trying to keep a sense of humor about the situation. But he certainly doesn’t choose to live this way. And his failure to maintain a decent sleeping schedule isn’t funny.
Whether you’ve got major problems getting consistent sleep like Fred, or simply a few bad habits, you don’t have to be a permanent sleep failure.
When you have a major disturbance, or even if you’ve just started to suspect there’s an underlying condition, you should see your health practitioner who can help you determine the problem. But you can also help yourself. Experts suggest several things you can do to alleviate many of your sleeping difficulties on your own, especially if you want to avoid taking medications.