My Holiday Perspective—The Unplanned and Mr. Rogers

This month is extremely busy as we close out the business year, try to finish those annual goals, and plan for the coming year.  And as we all know, there is much uncertainty in the world today.  It’s that uncertainty which challenges our planning.  However, it also offers surprise and excitement.

Reflecting on the past year, I’ve experienced loss and disappointments, but I also had many interesting experiences, unexpected opportunities and met new people, all unplanned.  Isn’t that fun?  How about you—did you have some unexpected, enriching experiences?  Far too often, we look at what wasn’t done or completed.  We forget to notice and appreciate the unexpected moments which added color, meaning,  and pizzazz to our life?

As a country, we are still reeling from our most recent natural disasters and human tragedies, which cast a shadow over our holidays.  In the immortal words of Mr. Rogers, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

Let us all take comfort in seeing the heroes and generosity of the human spirit.  I see this everyday heroism and generosity in our local community, with our clients and their volunteerism and charitable activities.

I encourage you to reach out to others, and be a ‘helper” to those who may need,  share the spirit of the holidays and then be sure to leave some time unplanned for those happy surprises!

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