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smiling from memory

I am immersed in constructing a new blog and preoccupied with it. It will be something different—a site dedicated to the practice of art as spiritual experience. But I have to keep Called by Name and Longing for Light going as well. Pondering what to add to this one since my last posting, I look out toward the porch where Adopted Daughter, Bettina, used to conduct teleconferences last summer. She was vital and energetic. We were certain she’d be a long-term survivor, just because we couldn’t imagine it any other way. I am overwhelmed by the sunlight, the young green, the gentle breeze, and the peacefulness. The cats sleep. All is quiet except for the occasional rustling of the breeze through the living room vertical blinds. It is the same today as it was last year. Nothing has changed but the occupancy. I am quite alone today, and every day.

This gets to me now. We used to be a little family of three. She was here quite a bit of the time because she worked from home a lot. We got on very well. She was busy with her work and I was busy with mine. We were friendly wallpaper for each other. And then there were the cats who roamed about in their friendly furry ways. Troubles aside, life was good in those family days—family is good. Alone is good too…when it’s partial…when I know the family will assemble at the dinner table…when the family will talk and share and the house will fill with energy.

I found these notes on an entry I’d intended to post, but never got around to doing so. It was to be a loving bit of humor. With a bit of editing it’s a loving look backward to share with you:

I used to live with a business engineer, a fixer of problems, a leader of persons. All day long AD sat in a big chair with a computer and a headset. I was in a room below, just far enough away to hear the conversations rippling along as I worked along in my own world. Every now and then I actually heard, or I should say listened to what was being said. After many, many months of this I had been able to piece a few things together…enough to know that AD was something of a symphony conductor, keeping a whole group, or team of persons moving forward in a world of endless projects needing completion. The quality of completion is important. To reach the client’s expectational need is a must, but to go beyond that to fantastic and under budget is another diamond in the Executive Vice President’s crown and a twinkle in AD’s eyes. She is good, very, very good.

Her world has a language of its own, which I sometimes find quite amusing. Here are some of the words and phrases I hear repeatedly,  I even began to recognize who some of the people were, just by the sound of AD’s voice. If I listen with my ears tuned to memory, I can still hear it:

Acceptance rate

Approval rate

Circle back

Good with that!

It’s all good! It’s all good

It’s all about…

Moving the needle on this thing.

No worries!

Qualification rate

Reach-out

Right? Pause for 3 seconds

Shoot you an email

Take rate

We’re all about…

Zen, baby, zen!

Some of you may be familiar with this business-speak. I found it curiously strange. I don’t think you will hear me using any of these phrases. I have my own language. On a good day, I can even remember what it is 🙂

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3 Responses to “smiling from memory”


  1. 1 Anne
    April 15, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Just the short time that I was with you all I heard at least 3 of those phrases: It’s all good! No worries! And Zen, Baby, Zen. March was going to be her Zen time. Still hard to believe she’s not just away on a temporary assignment somewhere.

    Sending hugs…

    • 2 Naomi
      April 15, 2010 at 8:04 pm

      Yeah, Zen, baby, Zen! I hear her speaking right now from Zen heaven. Missed her a lot this afternoon. Miss you too.

  2. 3 Korin Heinz
    April 17, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I remember listening to that talk in my house too! It was so positive, hopeful, and focused you didn’t think anything could ever fail with her in the lead. It rarely did.


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