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‘Tis the Season for…

December 2021


Update from Eileen!

‘Tis the Season for…

You can fill in the blanks: merriment, family, over-stuffed tables and tummies, singing, drinking, and sadly, missing members who once gathered with us for the holiday.

I purposely chose that word “Holiday”. While many of us say “Merry Christmas”, there is more that occurs in this season besides what we Christian’s call “Christmas”.

From November 1 to January 15 there are approximately 29 holy days observed by seven of the world’s major religion. In fact, “holiday” is derived” from “holy day”.

Whatever you name this season, we wish you a time of compassion, tenderness, joy, love and laughter. Give freely of your time, talents, and treasures.

Lastly, take time to be quiet. Breathe. Give thanks. I am thankful to you and for you!


--------------- and since Santa is part of our family ritual

‘Tis the Season for…

Do You Have Horse Sense?

Spent two wonderful days with my dear friends, Eunice Carew and Jane Ripley, on their “ranch” in Bear Valley Springs CA. It’s in the center part of California and a true horse paradise.

I shoveled horse poop donated by their four Iceland ponies. I went with Eunice in a strange, motorized vehicle to the manure mountain where community members deposit these offerings that are then picked up and carted off somewhere. I watched children being given rides in carts drawn by ponies. And we marveled at the deer and the elk with HUGE racks.

In short, I said “no” to work and emails, conference calls and writing. I just showed up and relished every minute. That’s what horse sense really is: the ability to say “Neigh” or “Whoa”.

We can become so caught up in doing and achieving that we forget to stop and just BE. Why not give yourself the gift of horse sense as we close out this very strange year. 2022 will come soon enough.

Nothing Like Being Chosen by CHOICE

I am thrilled “CHOICE: the magazine of professional coaching” has featured my article “Resilience - It ain’t what you think!”

You can download the PDF copy of my article here.  If you are interested in reading more choice articles, use my special coupon code, AUTHOR25, to receive a 25% discount off a print, digital or combo subscription:

*Published in, and reproduced with permission from, CHOICE, the magazine of professional coaching"

Holiday Jokes

Q. What do snowmen order at fast-food restaurants? 

A. An iceberg-er and fries!

Q. What do snowmen do when they're not feeling well? 

A. They take a chill pill!

Q: What Did Frosty Call His Cow? 

A: Eskimoo!

Q: If they hold a pie eating contest this holiday season, which song will they sing? 

A: Oh, Come all ye facefuls.

Q: Why did the Christmas tree go to the barber? 

A: It needed to be trimmed.

These goofy and fun holiday jokes are courtesy of Reader’s Digest. You can laugh your way through more by visiting

Must Read Book!

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink

I read Daniel Pink’s book, WHEN: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing in 2018 and I often refer back to it. I was surprised when I read the book that the revelation of “when” is directly correlated to your energy! In fact, who knew that there are more unsuccessful surgeries, judicial renderings, and financial decisions done in the afternoon. It has everything to do with energy!

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Must Read Book!

Resilient Relationships - The Toll of Seasonal Stress

I bought a Santa hat yesterday. It was the only one I could find. Embroidered across the white fur base were the words, "Humbug!" It made me realize that we can make the end of this year either a humbug or a HUGbug.

Holiday Memories Aren’t Wonderful if You Have None!

My little sister and I still talk about the time in our grandparents’ house when we were convinced we heard reindeer on the roof. Surely it must have been Santa to deliver the overstuffed teddy bear and the doll with pink hair.

But imagine if you had no memory; if the face of your beloved wasn’t even a cloudy shadow in your brain. Even more painful would be the pain of your loved ones who tried to find YOU inside a body that worked but a mind that didn’t.

About  Eileen

If you are looking for a unique keynote speaker in resiliency, a facilitator for executive retreats, a speech coach or an emcee/moderator, then you want to work with Eileen McDargh, CSP, CPAE. Eileen has spoken for audiences as large as 15,000 and facilitated groups as small as 18! She is the author of seven books and other products that you can find in her online store. The British Research firm of Global Gurus ranked her #4 among the top 30 communication gurus worldwide. Why not hire Eileen for your next event? 



This is the 6th year in a row that I have been ranked in the top 5 in communication. Global Gurus surveys some 26,000 business professionals to determine rankings plus professionals also vote.  

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