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The Importance of Human Contact

As much as we might sometimes like to just hibernate in a cave, especially this time of year, most of us don’t have that option.
Living as part of a society requires the ability to work well with others, whether that is at work, in the grocery story, the church parking lot, or on the drive to and from work. We have a basic expectation that everyone follows the rules.

But what happens when things seem to fall apart? The driver next to you cuts you off? The shopper beside you throws their single item on the checkout counter just as you approach with a cart full of groceries?

Our initial reaction might be to give back exactly what we received.  And while that might give you a fleeting moment of satisfaction, deep down, you’ll be disappointed with yourself and worse, you might possibly need that very person sometime in the future without even realizing it.
There was a story of a family heading to Disney World. Do you remember that one? They were on their way and got cut off just as they approached the entrance? The driver pounded on his horn, and flashed a hand gesture universally known to be rude and crude. Later that week it turns out the man who cut him off was the hiring manager for the job he applied for. As you may have guessed, he didn’t get the job.

In polite society, we learn to control our tempers, and perhaps even give the benefit of the doubt to people who might be rude to us. Why? Because our entire world revolves around relationships, human contact, and the reaction of the actions around us. Every interaction we have with another human can be gifted or flawed by a reaction. Many people are having trouble finding work today. Many people believe it is effected by who your know, or who can get you infront of a hiring manager.

The use of basic manners makes everyone’s life easier. But the deeper issue is the development of relationships. With all the computer systems and technologies in todays world it is hard to form face to face relationships.  Many people perfer to text, rather than call, and call rather than be face to face. Many customer service calls are robot based, most people indicate that they would much rather talk to a human being. Yet, when in a resturant, interview or coffee shop no one will make eye contact and will hide behind their technology. This makes alot of people uncomfortable when they have to be face to face.

The next time you have the inclination to just blow your top, remember that everyone is a human being, everyone struggles with different tasks and might need your compassion.  You never know what anyone is going through, so being kind is always the better option.

Always remember they could be that hiring manager who will remember your behavior in the Disney World parking lot.

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By Amber Luebke and Bree McLain, owners of Lotus Salon in Stoughton, WI, have over 35 years combined experience specializing in hair color, accenting your best features and addressing your specific needs. Google+
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January Beauty Tip

Camouflage those grown out gray’s by zig-zagging your part and give them some volume. The oil on your fingers can cause those pesky break outs! Keep your fingers off your face. Continue Reading

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One-Pan No Peek Chicken & Rice

Yield: 6 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes Rest Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes Ingredients 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 2 boxes Zatarain’s Long Grain & Wild Rice Mix, (7 oz each)(rice-a-roni works too) 1 can cream of celery soup, (10.25 oz each) 1 can cream of… Continue Reading

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January ’19 Quote of the Month

” When it rains, look for rainbows. When it’s dark, look for the stars!” -Unknown Continue Reading

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Looking Younger with a Haircut!

Did you know a great haircut can make you look younger? Look no further for your personal fountain of youth, because the best part is the effect is immediate. We all get into the habit of saying, “Oh, the usual,” when our stylists ask what we want to do at our regular appointment. But time… Continue Reading

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Kick Those Winter Blues!

It is that time of year! Holiday bills are high, the temps outside are low. The days are short, and vitamin D is lacking. This is when it starts, that full pot of coffee, seems to be the only thing that will pull you out of bed….. You are not alone. Here are some ways… Continue Reading

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Zucchini Taco Boats

Ingredients: 3 zucchini, medium 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey or beef 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup salsa 1 1/2 cups Mexican shredded cheese blend Optional toppings:… Continue Reading

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Beauty Tip of the Month

With the Friends article this month why not try something new with a friend! Yoga, Pilates, or a fun new class! Here are some benefits of yoga! Improves your flexibility. Builds muscle strength. Perfects your posture. Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown. Protects your spine. Increases your blood flow. Drains your lymphs and boosts immunity. Helps… Continue Reading

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Slow Cooker Spiked Mulled Cider

Ingredients: 1 gallon fresh cider or unfiltered apple juice 1 medium orange 1 (1 1/2-inch) piece fresh ginger 5 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks 1 tablespoon whole cloves 5 star anise pods 1 1/2 cupS bourbon, brandy, or dark rum Orange slices, for serving (optional) Directions Pour the cider or juice into a 5-quart or larger slow… Continue Reading

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