The Hump Day Humor-Gram Issue #15, September 11, 2002

Please feel free to forward this, reverse it, make a paper hat out of it,
send it in a bottle . . .

In this issue . . .

1. Remembering 9-11
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
3. Quote of the Week
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World . . .
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1. Remembering 9-11

For many around the world, today will be a day of pause, reflection, remembrance and tribute.

A lot was written over the past year about finding meaning in our lives, including our work lives. For countless people closely effected by the
tragedy, the event was a wake up call, a reminder of what’s important in
life. While many spoke of the need to remember to put work into its proper context, others spoke, as well, of the need to find greater meaning in
what we do for a living.

As news anchor Tom Brokaw once said, “Making a buck is easy. Making a
difference is a lot harder.”

As we reflect upon the lives lost and shattered, perhaps it’s good time
to take a pause and think about what it is we want out of our work lives.
What meaning can your work provide you with? How can a greater sense
of humanity influence your workplace and your job?

How can your workplace provide a greater service to your customers, your employees and co-workers, your families and ultimately your community?

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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

In light of today’s anniversary, today’s tip is simply this: Take time
to connect with someone you work with on a personal level. Buy them
lunch, take them a coffee or surprise them with a fun card. Take the time
to phone your family and tell them how important they are to you.
And while you’re taking time, don’t forget to take some time for you, and to reflect on what’s important in your life.
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3. Quote of the Week

The fibers of resiliency are humour, creativity, persistence and optimism, and their roots reach well below the surface, ready to rise again and again when needed. Brian Luke Seaward, author of Stressed is Desserts Spelled Backwards
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

The World Bridge Federation stripped someone of their silver medal, after
she refused to take a drug test. (Let me clarify something, we’re talking
about card players here, not folks who construct bridges)

What next? Steroid testing for Tiddlywink players? Fitness trials
for Scrabble champions? (I’d be happy if they just started doing
intelligence tests on the folks who sign up for “The Weakest Link”).
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Copyright Michael Kerr, 2002

Michael Kerr, “The Workplace Energizer” is the author of 5 books,
including When Do You Let the Animals Out? and You Can’t Be Serious!
Putting Humor to Work. Michael delivers keynote talks and workshops
on humor in the workplace, business creativity and public speaking
skills.

mailto:mike@mikekerr.com
http://www.mikekerr.com
1-866-609-2640

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