I must say I have not missed work one day. I have not missed the meetings, I have not missed the storms (it took about a year to relax when it rained), I have not missed the pressure, I have not missed the obsessive antagonistic attitude one must have in management and I have not missed getting up and staying late. I have missed people.
I am genuinely a people person. I like people. I like quite people, loud people, sweet people, grouchy people, and fat ones, round ones, skinny ones, old ones or young ones. I like people. I like to listen to people talk. I really am interested in another person's story, in why they are where and what they are. This is what Marty taught me, don't just pretend to be interested, be interested; don't just pretend to listen, really listen and understand that our life’s experiences give us a window on who we are. Clearly I married a psychologist.
Most people who have worked with me can attest to my somewhat intrusive nature. I ask questions, sometimes personal questions. I ask not out of a prurient interest but I just like to know you and I get to know you by the stories you tell about yourself. It goes back to the five words I learned from Marty, "how do you feel about that?"
I want you all to try an experiment with us. I don't know everyone who reads my rather verbose ramblings but I have told our story and now I want to know yours. This will scratch an enormous mental itch of mine.
I know some of you are young (relatively), some are older (delicately put), some know Marty and I very well, some may not know us at all, but I want you to take a few minutes and in the comments leave me your story . It can be as long (I'm not sure what the comments character limitations might be) or as short as you want. It can be anonymous or you can use your full name and leave your social security number (not really). What I want to know, what we all want to know is who you are, where you came from, what you do with your life and why.
I read all of this to Marty. I read all of the posting and most of the comments to her. She really likes the blog, it is a way for her to connect to people and that has always been paramount for her and me.
I know she will love to hear your stories. She is like me, a student and lover of people. She’s always been that way and has not changed. All it takes is one of you to start and then others will follow so who will be the first to tell their story. Give it a shot.