May 2009

From Rita Emmett
A Handbook for the Overworked, Overscheduled & Overwhelmed


Quotes for May:

The greatest amount of wasted time is the time spent not getting started.
-- Dawson Trotman

The Chinese say, "The best time to plant a tree was always 20 years ago. The second best time is always today."
-- quoted by Mike Dooley (

How soon "not now" becomes "never".
-- Martin Luther


Message from Rita

If you want to hear a fun, charming guy with a fun, charming Irish accent -- who has authored two books, one with the best of titles and the other with the weirdest of titles -- see the announcement below the message.

In this part of the world (Chicago area) grass has turned green; daffodils, tulips and hyacinths have bloomed; and trees are getting serious about sprouting leaves. It's SPRING. I'm Irish. It's Poetry Season. To me, it's time to grab a tome of poems, park in a park and indulge.

You may have noticed that I always sneak in a line or two of poetry in each of my books.

A great number of readers of my latest book Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress: A Handbook for the Overworked, Overscheduled, and Overwhelmed have emailed me. And many wrote that you aren't at all fond of poetry but you like the way battling burnout was tied in to a poem by William Butler Yeats called The Lake Isle of Innisfree.

Fear not -- I'm not going to inflict upon you a dissertation on the symbolism, nuance, tone and themes of Yeats. Instead, here are two short, easy, light verses that will bang you over the head with their clanging UN-subtle messages, but they are fun and will get you thinking. I like them. Hope you enjoy. Happy Springtime.


He was born to be all a mortal could be -
None should be stronger or braver than he -
A friend who was troubled and weary, he knew,
Who'd be glad of a lift - and needed it too
On him he would call to see what he could do -

Each morning he'd stack up the letters he'd write -
And he thought of the friends he'd fill with delight -
It was too bad indeed he was busy today
And hadn't a moment to stop on his way
More time I'll give to the others he'd say -

The greatest of workers this man would have been -
And the world would have known him had he ever seen -
But the fact is, he died and faded from view
And all that was left here when living was through
Was a mountain of things he intended to do -

The above poem is by Edgar Guest and the following one was quoted in a little booklet called "More of...The Best of BITS & PIECES" but no author was listed:

There was a very cautious man
Who never laughed or played.

He never risked, he never tried,
He never sang or prayed.

And when he one day passed away,
His insurance was denied.

For since he never really lived,
They claimed he never died.

That's the end of poetry corner. Hope you don't put off enjoying today -- whatever season or weather you are experiencing.


Another Of Our Fun Free Teleseminars

Monday May 11, at 7 pm Central time

Rita will interview Irishman Conor Cunneen, author of the fabulously titled book, WHY IRELAND NEVER INVADED AMERICA, who now has a new book. SHEIFGAB the World: 8 Building Blocks to Successful Transition, shows you how to beat the pain, sadness and frustration of the job search through 8 powerful building blocks that spell SHEIFGAB. Conor will explain how you can SHEIFGAB the World and walk into that interview 12 feet tall AND bulletproof. Not to be missed. Tune in to the teleseminar to learn what SHEIFGAB means. You will learn and laugh, laugh and learn.

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