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Looking Back May Help Us Move Forward

By Sandy Schroeder

Sometimes the best answers for today's problems come from our past. Whenever I find myself stuck with puzzling issues, I usually spin around until I land on something from the past.

Like most people, I had a mix of family members, but there were a few standouts that really made a difference.

My dad sealed the deal with a handshake - Everyone who knew my dad knew that he believed in keeping his word and following through. If he told you that he would do something, you could count on it. When I use that approach in dealing with people today, they usually respond quickly and positively. People still want to count on reliability and honesty. They will work with you if they believe you will deliver.

My grandfather never knew a stranger - Wherever he went, my grandfather reached out to people with a smile and an encouraging word. He could talk to anybody and often did. When I follow in his footsteps I find life becomes easier. People still want us to be open and accessible. When they feel they can talk to us, they will, and everything usually works better.

My grandmother never shut down - You could drop in at any time to see my grandmother, and she would have a ready smile and a basket of cookies. Not surprising, the whole family adored her and often went to see her. When we make an open door our policy, friendships grow and trust thrives.

My uncles always saw the funny side - I had a number of uncles who could always be counted on for advice and assistance when I got into trouble, but their biggest contribution may have been the ability to keep on laughing. They taught me how to see the funny side wherever I landed, and that sometimes saved me from a lot of downsides. Whenever I hit a tough spot, I found I could survive if I could see a glimmer of hope or a hint of humor. The trick was to laugh a little, relax and just keep on going.

My mom worked harder than any other three people - Mom grew up in a time when money was tight, and hard work was a necessity. She learned to work harder than most very early, and just never stopped. She lived a long productive life, realizing many of her dreams, probably because she was willing to roll up her sleeves and work for them.

Think about the people around you, and consider what you can learn from them. Then make their stories work for you.

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