Saturday, December 31, 2016
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Thursday, December 29, 2016
It doesn't seem possible that 2016 is almost over. It has been an eventful year is so many ways. I have been thinking over the last few days about all that has happened this past year and the new adventure that I am embarking on in less than two weeks.
I have written about my dear friend, Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch in the past. She is one of the most amazing humans I know. I had posted one of her quotes awhile back about the importance of listening. She believes that there are three things that are important in any pursuit--one of them being active listening.
I love the other two and know how important all three are to being successful in any endeavor.
""First embrace your own story, because you can not understand where you are going until you have understood where you have been. And when you think no one knows, remember YOU KNOW! So hold on to that as your measure of ethics."
"Often in our pursuit for future endeavors, we unintentionally create distance from our past. Instead, take the good things that helped contribute to who you are today and integrate that into the workplace in a positive way. For example: if you learned something in a unique and effective way, teach someone else that technique."
"Embrace the story of others."We sometimes think of diversity as us versus them, but everyone has a story."
"Letting down your guard in business is never an easy task. Besides wanting to maintain a certain professional tone, we all have our own pre-existing notions about one another-which can sometimes be a barrier that blocks us from being open to different ideas. Remember, when working together you are all on the same team! So, drop those notions and focus on combining your differences for the good of the business"
Posted by Cheela at 11:04 AM
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
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Monday, December 26, 2016
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Sunday, December 25, 2016
Posted by Cheela at 10:41 AM
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
With that being said, my trip to Douglas was so therapeutic for me. I had worried about going down to the house knowing that Teresa will probably never be able to go back again. The sad and good part is that she doesn't realize it. I was just worried about how I would deal with it. Teresa gave everything to the community with her generosity and kindness. After she retired from the City of Douglas after 44 years, she started her own business. She had a couple of paying clients, but nothing compared to the work she did. Until she turned 80, she did the books and PAYROLL every two weeks for the Douglas Area Retarded Citizens, Loretto School, St. Vincent de Paul and for the Catholic parishes. She has a few other clients who paid her a bit, but most of what she did was because she wanted to do it. It tied her down as the payroll for most had to be done very two weeks. Just after my mom died, we "made" her quit. It was hard.
When I went to Douglas in 2010, it was to give her a few more years down there. Plus it gave me an opportunity to give back to my community. The last two times I have been there, I have met with teachers, administrators, board members, and parents who have been extremely supportive of me and who feel that a few people did everything they could to try to make me unsuccessful. But I know that wasn't true, because there was never a time when I didn't do what I thought was best for our kiddos. And the kids in Douglas deserve the same education as the kids in Gilbert. It is not a level playing field and people who want to criticize need to focus on the state level, not the local level. But it is much easier to try to be a "big fish in a little pond," then it is to really try to advocate for what is right for the kids!!
Teresa did not deserve to have what happened to me as being the driving force in why she had to leave Douglas. And I know that my conscience if ABSOLUTELY clear! The few mean spirited people have to live with their actions and their total disregard for the children. And in some cases, disregard is a kind word for the way children were treated.
I was so fortunate to have incredible board members through the years who understood and wanted what was best. Thank you Susan Kramer, Patty Lopez, Mario Ramos, Chuck Hoyack, and Mike Ortega. I always appreciated our dialogs when we didn't agree and the respect that I always felt.
So my time in Douglas was amazing and I will be back soon. I loved connecting to so many great people and I loved my visit to the District Office with the wonderful employees who I know supported me and who I will always value.
Even though going down was under difficult circumstances , it was very healing for me. I loved being there and love so many wonderful people in Douglas who deserve the very best there is.
And my puggies love 858!!
Posted by Cheela at 11:02 PM
Friday, November 25, 2016
Today we had to put our beloved Aunt Teresa into a wonderful group home because her physical needs have become to difficult for us to deal with. This disease has robbed her of cognitive functions and now physical ones. It has been one of the hardest days of my life. I know it was the best decision, but leaving her there and coming home to her not being here was so hard. As one of our wonderful "in-law" cousins said, "Teresa knows you are doing your best. Right now your best is entrusting her care to professionals. That is an act of love." Thank you, Beth Hunt-Rush.
My one consolation is that she has lived an incredible 94 years and has been loved and has loved so many people. She continues to be one of the kindest and nicest humans ever. Her caring and generosity to our family and to her friends can never be matched. Please keep all of us in your thoughts and prayers.
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