Meeting in the Middle

My brother and I could not be seemingly more different. I say, “seemingly”, because it’s only on the surface we appear to have different beliefs and lead different lives. Over the years, what I’ve realized is that we have all of the same beliefs and values – they just manifest differently and at different times.

What I’m learning and I hope to impart to my readers is don’t push someone to be what you want them to be. It sounds cliche, and I’m sure we’ve all heard it before – but I’m living it. My brother is fiercely passionate about what he believes in; as am I. Like me, his passion can be a good or bad thing – our best trait and our worst trait. While he is a bit more socialistic, optimistic, and lives in the NOW – I’m trying to be all of those things. I’m capitalistic, think about where I will be in 6 months, and sometimes cynical about his beliefs; he may need to pick up on a bit of those traits -we are a perfect match.

So what I found this weekend is that when we meet in the middle – we are unstoppable. Our core values / our core beliefs are what matters; and our values – family, love, doing what we love, and driving our lives with passion – is what ties us together. All that said, I’d like to introduce a new blog; one that is similar to mine in that it works to make one pensive, teaches lessons, and is derived from a myriad of unmatched experiences, but different in that it is written by my brother – a far more compassionate and professional psychologist.

I invite you to share in my “better half”s blog and take a journey with both of us; he, a professional psychologist and thinker – and me, the savvy and aggressive businesswomen – and see how our core values manifest themselves through different professions.

Please read his opening / introductory post – Changing the World Through Altruism on his blog – Awaken Yourself Today, Sleep When You’re Dead; Perspectives on Positivity: Finding Happiness within Divine Dichotomy

  1. April 12, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Ah, I wish I could meet my sister in the middle on those things (our situation is reversed, with me in the mustache-twirling Evil Capitalist role), but the only thing that’s worked is an outright ban on political talk. And, really, that works quite well — agreeing to disagree.

    Cute photo 🙂 Will check out his site.

  2. April 12, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I too am actually the mustache curling capitalist ( ; you’re right – we do fight / probably should not talk politics or economics, but I also believe both of us are too ‘young’ and have not experienced enough of the ‘real world’ to be adamant about our beliefs. I could be wrong, but I do believe your beliefs tend to stem from where you are in your life at a given time and what’s important to you. For example, I’m a FISCAL republican – 100%; NOW. But when I was in college, which was only 10 years ago, I could have cared less about how much I was paying in taxes – I just knew that I was a liberal on social policies, so I voted supported the democrats. Anyways, now I support one party. MY PARTY ( ; Thanks for checking out his site / the support.

  3. April 12, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Yep, I think that’s a familiar tale. As a 40-something, I have seen enough real-world carefree spending by our government (and paid enough taxes) to be very, very jaded about their judgment. I don’t expect to see a dime of Social Security, or if I do, it’ll be Monopoly money. There are rumblings that Roth IRAs and 401(k)s are in the crosshairs, too.

    Anyway, it cheers me up to meet Millennials who lean conservatively on fiscal matters. 🙂 (Frankly, I can’t stand that social stuff even enters the political equation.) I don’t see how we can continue on our current path. It’s not that I’m cruel or hard-hearted, or even pessimistic. The math doesn’t work on the overpromises that have been made, and reality will eventually keep score. We’re in for a couple of interesting years…

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