Creating positive memories

I just finished a radio blog show with a friend of mine Kelli Stapleton. Who has a great web site

Kelli has so many talents!!!

We were of all things talking about C-Sections.

As some of you know I am an HR professional and as Chief Human Resource Officer in a large Health System at one time I also ran OBGYN, Orthopedics and Occupational Medicine. AND that is how I got to speak on the show!!

During the talk show, Kelli reminded me of a time long before she was famous when as a neighbor my stepson, used to go and mow her lawn. Kelli will not mind me saying those were difficult times for her so when she backed over my lawn mower with her car the lawn mower looked like it had just been “squished by a giant.”

She has reminded me on several occasions since then that at she could hardly pull two pennies together to feed herself, husband and a growing family. We have all had those times.

I recall that she came to me tears rolling down her cheeks “ I will pay for a new one I am so sorry!!!!”

All I could do was to tell her not to worry and told her that I would create a “new walk” and limp in tandem with the now bent and buckled wheels of the mower!

Life has always been made up of the moments we live and share with others. It will always be so.

Kelli, I know that you would of somehow scraped the money together for a new mower.

You have given me much more though. You have given us a shared memory for the rest of our days.

One that we will always remember with fondness and with a smile.

So you see you did after all pay me back, but with something much more lasting and for that I will allays be in your debt.



About HRMexplorer

Managing Director - Human Capital Europe and USA - My ability is to recognize ingrained assumptions and patterns of operation that aren’t productive, and offer practical, cost-effective and value-based solutions.

Posted on January 21, 2012, in HRMexplorer Blogs and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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  2. Hey Hrmexplorer,
    Maybe a little off topic, however, Would anti-depressants keep positive memories around longer? I’ve read that most peoples’ memories of negative emotions fade and most of what they remember is positive, except those with mild depression. If I took anti-depressants before I went to Japan for a semester as an exchange student, would they allow me to remember more of the positive experience?

    For example, a few months ago I went to Disneyland with my mom, cousin, and aunt, but I can’t remember having fun or enjoying it, though I know I must have. All I remember are negative things. Would anti-depressants help? Or is that just going to be a part of life for me?

    If it’s just going to be a part of life, then I may have to consider canceling my trip to Japan. Not looking forward to explaining THAT to my mom…
    BTW great blogpost

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