The Top Ten Things I Learned from My Garden

Written by Susan Dunn, Coach

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7. Nothing tastes as good as something you grew yourself.

Invest yourself in what you're doing and it will always taste better. It'srepparttar projects you really work hard on that have meaning.

8. Find a partner who compliments you.

One yearrepparttar 131073 man in my life and I had a vegetable garden. I planned it, with my usual enthusiasm, and plotted everything out. He dugrepparttar 131074 holes and planted what I'd planned with not much enthusiasm, but a sort of dogged determination. I watchedrepparttar 131075 things come up and was thrilled, and then lost interest. He wasrepparttar 131076 one who faithfully watered, and weeded, and fertilized and keptrepparttar 131077 crops going with no imagination, just hard work. Then whenrepparttar 131078 harvest came in, I cooked up great things. He likedrepparttar 131079 meals and pronouncedrepparttar 131080 garden a Good Thing after all. I'm a Strategist who likes to plan things all out and then turn it over to someone else, someone who's not a dreamer, to implement it. We were a good team. Nowrepparttar 131081 garden is all mine and I appreciate allrepparttar 131082 more his former contribution. He may never dream and vision as I do, and I may never have a taste for doingrepparttar 131083 same thing day in and day out as he did, so we made a good team and each learned things fromrepparttar 131084 other to incorporate into our lives.

9. Thorns and beetles and hornets and snails and worms.

I have cuts and scratches on my hands and arms, likerepparttar 131085 wrinkles on my face -- signs that I've lived and been in touch with life. When I go out torepparttar 131086 garden I meet all sorts of critters that are part of life on this planet and my companions onrepparttar 131087 journey. There are bugs that want to eatrepparttar 131088 roses; and snails, whose function I do not know; and worms that are making it all possible; and hornets I must avoid. They quietly go about their daily business, intent on their own thing, which may or may not conflict with mine, and sometimes we meet.

10. Butterflies.

Butterflies, like happiness, just come and light on your shoulder. Though I planted a Butterfly Bush, it didn't attract butterflies, but other things have. From time to time (I think it's a migration) butterflies arrive in my garden while I'm doing other things. I can't predict their arrival, and my attempts to summon them didn't work, but still they come! I can't make it happen, but I can count on it happening justrepparttar 131089 same. Like happiness. When it's least expected it will arrive.

Susan Dunn is a personal and professional development coach, focusing on strengths, emotional intelligence and life balance. Visit her on the web at

How to Succeed on the Job

Written by Susan Dunn, M.A.

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It's important to know how to learn informally onrepparttar job and it's important not to underestimaterepparttar 131071 importance of it. Keep your hand onrepparttar 131072 pulse ofrepparttar 131073 organization if you'rerepparttar 131074 boss, and stay inrepparttar 131075 loop if you're an employee. This sort of EQ -- emotional intelligence -- is usually more important to your career and your ability to run your business than your IQ, and it isn't covered inrepparttar 131076 text books.

Susan Dunn is a personal and professional development coach working in the areas of strengths, emotional intelligence and inner work. Visit her on the web at

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