As a mother of 5 young adults and teens it has amazed me as I have watched the change in attitudes toward the value of “things” that they purchase and use.
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In this age of social media and all the virtual ways we can connect, it’s still important to make sure and be in front of each other on a regular basis.
In college I studied Speech Communication and one particular story told by the instructor really stuck with me through all of these years. The story starts with the instructor talking about a Rolling Stones concert he attended when he lived in LA. The concert was going to be held at the football stadium and the crowd was unbelievably huge. He had a hard time convincing his new wife to go as she cited the traffic, crowds, late night out when she was going to have to go to work early the next day. After much discussion she finally agreed to attend. To avoid some of the traffic issues they decided to arrive pretty early in the afternoon. The instructor described her demeanor as less than happy to be there. As the crowd started moving in and the stadium getting more active he describes a change in her attitude as well as the crowd. There was an electrical feeling in the air as the sound tests were being done and you could hear the roadies tuning and testing instruments. He describes the growing excitement and that by the time the Stones actually came on the stage she was literally jumping up and down and so glad she was there.
My sweet Mom, who is now 93, has always been a great example of true motherhood. Although she was not able to biologically have children she adopted me and my sister when we were very little. She’s the only Mom I’ve ever known and being part of the foster/adoptive world through our software business means a lot to me.
I had the privilege of making a trip to Italy a couple of years ago and the ancient feel of buildings and other structures was very much in full display. One would think it would be there only for historic exposure and aesthetic purposes but a tour of the Coliseum revealed something very different.
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How did we get to a place where most baby boomers work for a paycheck instead of doing what they love? I know for most of my generation (that is the last wave of the baby boomers) it is true that we go for the money more than for the gratification. We simply have a hard time understanding the younger generation’s focus on quality of life versus income.