Archive for the ‘Lighten Up’ Category

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Taxman – Just For Fun Today

“When you’ve seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there.” – George Harrison

TAXMAN – The Beatles

Let me tell you how it will be
There’s one for you, nineteen for me
‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman
Should five per cent appear too small
Be thankful I don’t take it all
‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah I’m the taxman
If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street,
If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat.
If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat,
If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.
Don’t ask me what I want it for
If you don’t want to pay some more
‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman
Now my advice for those who die
Declare the pennies on your eyes
‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman
And you’re working for no one but me.
Songwriter: George Harrison
Taxman lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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  • Gossip is the Devil's radio.
  • George Harrison

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Paraskevidekatriaphobics – Big Word for a Big Fear

Are you familiar with the word Paraskevidekatriaphobics?

Thank goodness for “cut & paste” because I don’t think I could even type it correctly while looking directly at it!

Here is some background – paraskevidekatriaphobia. The term was first coined in the early nineties by Dr. Donald E. Dossey, an American psychotherapist specializing in phobias and stress management, who reputedly claimed that when someone was able to pronounce the word they were cured.

I don’t have it and I hope you don’t either. It’s the fear of Friday the 13th – not the movie – the day. I’m afraid of the movie.

Like many human beliefs, the fear of Friday the 13th isn’t exactly grounded in scientific logic. If you want to know more about its origins click here.

As for today, inside your CPA firm or accounting department, why not lighten things up and do something fun for your team. How about a spur of the moment contest during lunch break. Have a spelling bee – use accounting words and then spring Paraskevidekatriaphobics on them if you can pronounce it! Of course, have a nice prize for the winner. Doesn’t have to be anything huge – perhaps a $20 bill.

As you go through the day, don’t give into the morbid and depressing. Keep with my motto, one that I have shared with you often: Life Is Good.

  • There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathise with the colour, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores the better.
  • Oscar Wilde

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Accountant Saves The Day For The Chicago Blackhawks

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” – Colin Powell

Accountants are often caught up in the stereotype game. Many people picture them as nerds wearing green eyeshades hunched over a desk living a life of little excitement.

Of course, I loved the movie, The Accountant. It was definitely exciting. Now, I know of a real-life, exciting accountant.

He is an accountant by day but last week’s game-saving hero for the Chicago Blackhawks. His name is Scott Foster, an accountant who plays in an amateur recreational hockey league as a goalie. Last week he was called upon to be an emergency backup goalie in the big leagues and he crushed it!

You will love this story – read all about it here. Watch the video, too!

  • I went to a fight the the other night and a hockey game broke out.
  • Rodney Dangerfield

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Generalizations

“Very few of us are what we seem.” – Agatha Christie

Early this morning, in the dark, I was reading an Agatha Christie novel. A brief passage from the book caused me to pause and think about life in a CPA firm. Also, about life in general in our current world.

Generalization can be described as the act of making vague or indefinite statements. Read the passage, below. Think about it. Do you ever attempt to address problems in your firm by making generalizations?

I often wonder why the whole world is so prone to generalize. Generalizations are seldom if ever true are usually utterly inaccurate. – from Agatha Christie’s novel, Murder at the Vicarage.

Maybe you can find 30 minutes to read this weekend.

  • I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
  • Agatha Christie

Friday, March 9th, 2018

It’s Friday – A Brief Message

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Believe it or not, because it is a very busy time of year for most of my readers, I am striving to keep my daily blog posts shorter. It is because I want you to read them!

My husband recently mentioned a phrase (or slogan) that was used when he was in the Army. While most of the things he tells me they said in the Army are not appropriate for me to repeat, this one actually seemed to apply to some accounting firms. He calls it the Six Ps:

Prior planning prevents piss poor performance.

  • Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.
  • Peter Drucker

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Be My Valentine!

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schulz

Nothing thought-provoking to read today. Nothing to nag you about. No reminders to do this or to do that!

Just a picture and a simple message – I love working with CPAs!

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  • If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.
  • Maya Angelou

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Thanksgiving Blessings

Happy Turkey Day to all my wonderful readers, followers, clients and friends. I count all of you among my many blessings! Enjoy your day with family and friends. Find some quiet time over the 4-day weekend to think about, and count, all your blessings.

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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

“As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.” – Mr. Carlson, WKRP in Cincinnati

I hope you will enjoy your 4-day weekend and a special time of year with family and friends.

Have you seen Seth Godin’s Thanksgiving Reader? I hope you will use it tomorrow. Here’s a little bit about it from Godin:

I’m delighted to point you to the Thanksgiving Reader . The file you’ll find there is free, it’s printable, it’s sharable and it might give us something universal and personal to do this Thanksgiving.

The idea is simple: At your Thanksgiving celebration (and yes, it’s okay to use it outside the US!), consider going around the table and having each person read a section aloud.

During these ten or fifteen minutes, millions of people will all be reading the same words, thinking about the same issues, connecting with each other over the essence of what we celebrate. After all the travel and the cooking and the hassle, for these ten or fifteen minutes, perhaps we can all breathe the same air and think hard about what we’re thankful for.

It’s free to download and share. I hope you’ll let some people in your life know about it and incorporate it in your celebration this year. There’s no commercial element involved—after all, it’s Thanksgiving. 

Please share. 

Also, here’s a link to my Thanksgiving tradition – watching this classic clip. 

  • Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.
  • Erma Bombeck

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Flashback Friday – Emails Make An Impression – It Could Be Good and It Could Be Bad

“Dare to be honest and fear no labor.” – Robert Burns

This Friday, I want to remind you, with a former blog post, about the importance of email. Every email is an impression of you.

What Kind of Impression Do Your Emails Make – from September, 2016. Listen to Jeffrey Gitomer explain the importance in a short video.

Don’t forget, email is permanent. Some people have went to jail based on emails.

Have a great Labor Day weekend! Maybe it is a good time to ignore some emails.

  • Without labor nothing prospers.
  • Sophocles

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Flashback Friday – Goals

“Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.” – Audrey Hepburn

Here’s a post from 2015 – Check-in With Your Team – How Are They Doing With Their Goals?

I hope everyone in your firm, including admin and partners, are making progress in 2017 on their self-improvement goals!

  • They invented the All-Star Game for Willie Mays.
  • Ted Williams