My Mom Lives in Newtown, CT (really)

I’d just like to say something about the Newtown tragedy before I get to this week’s content…

My mom lives there.

Literally right around the corner from where it all went down.

Needless to say we touched base with some urgency on Friday, and she was horrified and in shock.

But it wasn’t the first time she experienced the terror as she was in Manhattan on 9/11.  And in a moment of clear-though-indirect communication you could tell we were both recalling the weeks of confusion, helplessness, and despair we felt during that time…

Constantly asking ourselves “what can we do to help?”…

And then remembering the best thing is just to do what you do best…

Sure, we should all debate the gun laws, examine our security systems, and ask ourselves what structural changes we could make.  We can’t let this pass us by without some deep soul searching regarding what, if anything, we could have done differently.

But on the deepest level–and as heretical as this might sound–I think we owe it to society, to our families, and to ourselves to avoid becoming so overridden with upset that we cease to provide the value we’re best at providing to the world…

In a nutshell, what can you do?

Do what you do best.

Become more passionate about helping those you were helping before Friday’s Newtown tragedy…

Get better at your core competencies, and become more dedicated to share them with the world…

And even more determined to ensure you are mission driven…

Full of purpose…

And eager to give.

Because ultimately THAT is where you’ll have the biggest impact on your small corner of the world… which grows surprisingly larger the more you focus upon it.

Dr. G

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