What Do You Mean It’s Thanksgiving

Every year in the United States of America we have this little holiday called Thanksgiving.  

It’s supposed to be a time of reflection, gathering together with family and friends to be grateful for what one has.

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the  Charlie Brown Thanksgiving cartoon.  Watch Charlie Browns Thanksgiving here.
I always loved Charlie Brown and his friends as they try to have a traditional thanksgiving dinner . 

Snoopy does all the cooking.  While Woodstock attempts to assist with the preparations . 

Charlie Brown of course is stuck in his usuall rut of aggravation, undecissiveness that goes along within his little part of life.

His best friend Linus always maintains a positive attitude no matter what is going on.  I loved this cartoon growing up because it shows us that holidays don’t have to be in the normal ways.

Every nationality can come together with one mind.  The mind of thankfulness .  

 What does the word thankful mean?  According to Dictionary.com it is a 

feeling or expressing gratitude;


Can Charlie Brown find the things to be grateful for?  I’m not going to spoil it for you just in case you’ve never seen this episode.

Really there are people out there in this great big world that have never seen or heard of Charlie Brown . 

The one thing I will tell you is see that kid at the head of the table? That is Linus.  The positive influence in Charlie’s life.  Always had the one thing to say that make a person think . 


Things I’m thankful for are 

1. YOU – without anyone reading my articles my words would just sit here taking up space never to be seen or shared.

2. God – Okay I know what your thinking .   Why, What. Without my belief in God I don’t know where I’d be today . 

3.  My Husband and Family – I love my family .  They make this journey through life exciting.

4. Friends – We all have friends.  I have a few special ones that help to keep me somewhat level.


Charlie Brown of course ! 

May you have a special Thanksgiving with your loved ones.

Please leave a comment on two things your thankful for.

Gain The Advantage, 

Alicia Osmera 

Empathy vs Sympathy In Healthcare

Over the last twenty-five years, I’ve learned how to separate empathy for patients and having sympathy for their situations.   Exactly what are the two and how are they different?

Wikipedia defines Empathy as the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within the other being’s frame of reference, i.e., the capacity to place oneself in another’s position.

Sympathy is the perception, understanding, and reaction to the distress or need of another life form.

As a professional respiratory therapist I’ve learned over the years how to separate the two feelings.

As a new graduate working in the hospital, I was overwhelmed by these two emotions.  Seeing patients who are suffering daily is exhausting.  You want to wave a magic wand and make their pain and sickness go away.  Seeing their families every day and watching their facial expressions makes sympathy easy.  It’s learning to separate the two that becomes difficult. 

In an article by Carla Delgado, a freelance reporter for Insider magazine explains, “Why the world needs you to be more empathetic and stop sympathizing”.

She does a fantastic job of comparing the two emotions, and why they should be separate.

It’s important to understand the differences between empathy and sympathy, which include:

As healthcare workers, we must determine which one is better during certain situations. Trying to understand the situation, and how a person is feeling at that very moment will provide you with the insight needed right now.

Be kind to each other even on crappy days. Applying sympathy and empathy is not just for patient care. It’s something we should be using in everyday life.

Please leave a comment for me. I will answer back .

Gain the Advantage!

Alicia Osmera

Have You Published A Book

If you are an avid reader of my blog then you already know that I wrote a book.  

Terror In The North Tower came from my background as a respiratory therapist.  This is a suspenseful fictional thriller with more twist than Grey’s Anatomy . 
The Challenge To Edit And Publish

After much searching, phone calls and email I was starting to realize publishing wasn’t going to be so easy.  Through the Power Affiliate Club I met Monna Ellithorpe.  Known as The Blue Jean Writer, she helps other author’s edit and publish wonderful works of words.

Once she was done with editing and I approved it we set out sites on self publishing through Amazon.

Purchase Terror In The North Tower here.

Publishing hasn’t come without it’s challenges. 

1. Marketing – self marketing is hard work .  Researching places that may or may not put your book in their businesses . 

2. Social Media – getting the word out on social media is a time saber and huge benefit.  According to Search engine land

Social media marketing refers to the process of gaining traffic or attention through social media sites.

 The Hubspot shows marketing statistics 

  • 61% of global Internet users research products online. (Interconnected World: Shopping and Personal Finance, 2012) Click to Tweet
  • Using this blog is one way of using social media.  Your reading this post right now.  Is it making you think?
  • Lastly blogging

Blogging gives the writer a chance to express themselves, showcases thoughts and ideas .  Yes I’ve published my first book and I’m working hard to market it.

Have you ever published a book?

Gain The Advantage, 

Alicia Osmera 


Why Would You Ever Want A Mentor

What Is Mentorship?

According to Wikipedia

“Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person.”

What Are The Benefits Of Having A Mentor?

“A good mentor is willing to encourage, uplift, help set career goals, and business goals, learn a new set of skills to further your career or personal goals… and honor your dreams …”

On June 13, 2015, I wrote an article on my blog titled Advice Of Your Mentor(s)”. One of my favorite mentors is Eric Worre (and still is). He has a great collection of CDs and his popular book “GO Pro” is available here, all worth a look if you’re interested.

Here’s why I like Eric Worre. He’s been in network marketing for over twenty-five years. At one convention he had an ‘aha’ moment that changed his life forever. At that event, he decided to Go Pro and become a Network Marketing expert. Since that time he has done just that by encouraging other network marketers to challenge themselves with obtaining every goal set. Through his book and CDs, thousands of people learn methods and techniques which they can use to see a change in the way they market themselves and the companies they represent.

I admire this man for speaking out and wanting to help struggling network marketers. He coaches people on the “seven steps” it takes to go pro. Eric’s wish is for you to decide to become a Network Marketing Professional. For you to truly Go Pro. Because it is a stone-cold fact that Network Marketing is a better way for generating financial security.

Lesly Federici, RN amazes me every day. She’s a Registered Nurse and the CEO and owner of the Power Affiliate Club. (Sadly, the PAC is no more).

She is warm and encouraging, yet stern, and challenges every PAC member to be the very best they can be with their blogging skills. Whether a newbie or an experienced blogger, Lesly Federici makes people feel welcome and comfortable to ask questions about blogging. She coaches members to develop professional skills in writing, and blog presentation.

So What’s In It For Them?

The answer I would hope is to help others succeed with whatever they are trying to achieve. Some mentors just believe that they are truly helping people and want to see them succeed.

Think of it as leaving a legacy for others. As a mentor, you get to leave a lasting mark on society with the knowledge and wisdom that you have passed down to another person or group of people. Mentors have a great advantage to change the world around them for the better.

Finding The Right Mentor

  1. Find the teacher who has achieved what you want. No matter what you’re trying to accomplish a good mentor can assist you with getting the results.
  2. Check out more than one person. Some people just don’t click. Just because one person said, “Hey how are you, I can mentor you”, doesn’t mean they are the right fit for you. Be persistent in your search for the right mentors. If your mentor isn’t open and communicating with you after several attempts go find someone else that is willing to take the time to appreciate you and your goals.

Be Prepared

Be teachable! There is nothing worse than someone who says they want help from a mentor and then they aren’t willing to do what it takes to achieve their main goals.

Be willing to try over and over again if that‘s what it takes to create your visions and dreams into a reality.

Offer value to the person you want to mentor you. Show them that you are teachable, willing to work together in a partnership, and learn from them.

Well, I hope this article has helped you in some way. Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera