Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Can't Fix the Roof when it's Raining

The corollary to this, of course is, "Don't need to fix the roof when the sun is shining."  In what areas of our lives do we conveniently forget to work on when things are going well?  Do we choose not to work on our health, our relationships, our professional development, or our finances?

As we get older our bodies change and the things we took for granted all our lives aren't  there anymore.  I was starting to feel sluggish and my cousin who is a pharmacist suggested I have my  testosterone levels checked; sure enough, they were low.  I started taking 50 mg of Zinc each day and did I not only start feeling better, but the dry skin that had been plaguing me for that last few years went away; hot tub, here I come!

This is not the first time I had great side effects from a supplement.  My cholesterol doctor suggested I start taking 2000 IU of vitamin D3 every day.  Immediately, the migraines I have been having at a rate of 8-9 a month were reduced to almost nothing.

I can't wait for my next supplement; maybe if I start taking Calcium my hair will stop turning gray?

How many people got burned because their 401ks were riding high and they forgot to move their investments into safer areas as they neared retirement age.  Again, when your finances are doing well - pay attention!

As the Department Chair of Information Technology, I get to council many students or potential students every week.  Too many times, an out-of-work former IT professional has come into my office asking about one of our certificates.  The story is almost always the same; they worked for the same company for many years without ever increasing their skills into the newer technologies.  I tell my students to be always improving their skills, keep networking in their field, and always be looking for their next job as they never know when they will be out of work - I know, I worked for 3 companies that went belly-up while I was there.

You must work on your personal relationships every day.  I just heard a sad story about a couple who had lived together for 25 years and finally decided to get married; they were divorced within the year.  I don't know why this happened, but I suspect that one person in the relationship or maybe both felt secure and stopped working on the relationship.

I don't want you to go out "fixing your roof" when it's raining, but remember what is needed so you can fix it when the weather is better!

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