As I've taken time to reflect on all this, I enter my seventh year of column writing with a renewed sense of purpose and zeal. I'm redoubling my efforts to bring you the most current (or classic) information as we navigate this "living laboratory" of life. It doesn't do any good to know the theories of dealing with conflict, setting boundaries or handling stress -- to name a few topics -- if we don't put them into practice in real life.
And I like to think we keep one another accountable. I've had the pleasure of running into many of you around the region and state, and I always enjoy your comments. To hear that you've cut my columns out of the paper to keep -- or that you've forwarded them to a relative or friend -- means the world to me.
Sometimes I'll read one of your emails and think to myself, "That's exactly why I write." Few things are more rewarding than knowing I've been a catalyst or made a small difference in someone's life (while also learning from their experience).
So, I'd like to ask for your help as we move forward. If you're a regular reader and can take a minute to send me an email (or jot a quick note) about the column, I'd really appreciate it. My contact information is at the end. I'm always looking to provide information or insights that will strike a chord, and I realize some weeks I come closer to hitting that mark than others.
I'll also update you on other information that will be available soon. I'm finally getting around to complying with your requests -- the ones about compiling a collection of columns, that is. The encouragement from many of you to write a book is quite humbling, although I'm not quite sure about that. What this says to me, though, is that you value what I have to say. And that's what keeps me going.
You make me want to be a better person.
Linda Arnold, M.A., MBA, is a certified wellness instructor, counselor and chairwoman/CEO of The Arnold Agency, a marketing communications firm with offices in West Virginia, Montana and Washington, D.C. Reader comments are welcome and may be directed to Linda Arnold, The Arnold Agency, 117 Summers St., Charleston, WV 25301 or emailed to livelifefu...@arnoldagency.com.