Appreciating the Spiders in Our Lives

by Betty Lochner on October 23, 2013

spider webToday, I went on a walk and found myself dodging spider webs.  One in particular was amazing. It was very complicated and had one small thread tying it from one branch, across my path, to the other side of my path.  I was tempted to step right through it, but instead decided to stop and admire the handiwork.

To do that, I had to pay attention while juggling  two dogs insisting on going opposite directions.  It wasn’t easy.  It reminded me that it’s not always easy to appreciate the spider webs of our lives.

If you are like most – you really don’t like spiders all that much. I thought of all the people I meet over the course of a day. Some of them are just like spiders, in that they are capable of doing amazing work, but don’t always appear likable.

Maybe they are getting a bad rap.

Do you live or work with a spider?  Maybe it’s time to step back and look at them differently today.  Maybe it’s time to assess your skills in how you are communicating with them, rather than the other way around.  What can you do differently to encourage their good work, rather than focusing on what you don’t like about them?

Think about it. How can you better connect for better results?


Betty LochnerBetty Lochner is a communication specialist, author, and professional speaker who teaches individuals and organizations how to make small changes that make huge differences in their relationships at work and home – improving morale, confidence and productivity. She is the author of Dancing with Strangers: Communication skills for transforming your life at work and at home and 52 Communication Tips. Both are also available on



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