Mar 012017


As many of you know, I run a business called Esteem Institute.  I work with and teach professional business women, who have lived to long with shame, guilt, and pain, on how to feel better in their business suit, as well as their birthday suit.

It is about self esteem, self love, increasing self confidence, encouraging the desire to gain empowerment, and knowing, “You Matter.”

I also have been providing corporate, business, group, and individual training sessions for over 25 years.  I am listing here, a very small example of the topics I have been asked to cover: The Power of Positive Thinking, Dealing with Difficult People, Emotional Intelligence, Team Building, Business Etiquette, Diversity, Communication Skills In the Workplace, and so many other topics.

I am one of those speakers, trainers, facilitators, and coaches that like to be scheduled to speak after lunch.  Imagine that!

I wanted you to get a real feel or at least a better feel, for the arena in which I live my life every day.  What you have read about is what I was born to do.

I know that the better you feel about yourselves, the better you can see the reality of your life and can treat others with respect.  In a place of better self-esteem, you and I can find more to be grateful for each day.

Living in that better place most days of my life, I have been told by clients and non-clients what I am good at doing:

Making people feel good about themselves

Being able to put follow-through buttons with words

Causing awareness about one self and other important matters

Being a contrarian that opens up a new path of thinking

Being good at sincerely in letting you know “You Matter.”

The story I am about to write below has been around for years; however, its impact on me is always the same.  That impact has always been internal, from a place I call my soul, where words cannot always be uttered to explain.

I am hoping you will experience some of what I am talking about as you read “A Sweet Lesson In Humanity.”

Years ago, a 10-year-old boy approached the counter of a soda shop and climbed on to a stool.  “What does an ice cream sundae cost,” he asked the waitress.

“Fifty cents,” she answered.

The youngster reached deep in his pockets and pulled out an assortment of change, counting it carefully as the waitress grew impatient.  She had ‘bigger’ customers to wait on.

“Well, how much would just plain ice cream be,” the boy asked.

The waitress responded with noticeable irritation in her voice, “Thirty-five cents.”

Again, the boy slowly counted his money.  “May I have some plain ice cream in a dish then, please?”  He gave the waitress the correct amount, and she brought him the ice cream.

Later, the waitress returned to clear the boy’s dish, and when she picked it up, she felt a lump in her throat.  There on the counter the boy had left two nickels and five pennies.  She realized he had had enough money for the sundae, but he sacrificed it, so he could leave her a tip.

The Moral: Before passing judgment, first treat others with courtesy, dignity, and respect.

(Adapted from A Lifetime of Success by Pat Williams.)

May what you have just read stay in your mind, body, and spirit.  May you want to past the message on to others.

Until next time, I am sending lots of peace, joy, love. and hope to you and yours. Please, please, please never forget, “You Matter.”

Shirley T. Burke founded the Esteem Institute as a platform to offer transformational programs, classes and workshops to individuals and organizations who welcome personal and professional growth. In 2011, she was one of ten people to be named as an inaugural winner of the Boomer Magazine “It List.” She is a member of the National Speaker’s Association and Past President of National Speaker’s Association-VA Chapter, ABWA -The River City Express Network and the Network of Enterprising Women.  Contact – Website – Facebook – Twitter – LinkedIn

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