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Friday, May 22, 2009

Barbecues, Beers And The Point Of It All

I believe its quite typical for us to compare notes as to what we will be doing during our 3 day Memorial Day weekend. After all, this marks the official start of the summer festivities, the great beach weather and hopefully slowing down a bit.

I hope that for at least this weekend you can in fact slow down a little and dare I say, turn off the crackberry and reconnect with the family, yourself and the balance we all need in order to be true sales rock stars!

By the way, how cool is it that we live in a society where we can enjoy these things? How cool is it that we can express ourselves without fear of being arrested or something happening to our families?

While we enjoy these liberties free of charge, let’s take a moment to reflect, remember and appreciate those who have fought and fallen for us.

Here are a few random thoughts for us to consider when the beer, barbecues and the buzz have faded.

Remember our folks overseas in your prayers.

The next time you see a soldier, thank them for their service!

Know someone who is serving? Send them a card, letter or care package. Consider sending their family something.

Consider picking up the tab when you see them at the Diner.

At some point this weekend, ask your guests to raise their glasses in honor of those who have fallen for us or if you prefer; offer a brief moment of silence.

As I sit here searching for the proper way to end today’s blog post, the words are escaping me so perhaps a simple, sincere Thank You is best!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend full of family, friends, balance and an attitude of gratitude!


  1. Great reminder, Paul. Too often we think of these "holidays" as our excuse to party it up; and while it is appropriate to do so, we also have to remember why that day is sacred in the first place. Have a good one!

  2. Thanks Paul for reminding us all about the importance and meaning of this fine weekend. Proper perspective and reflection are key elements to balancing life.... an essential for success. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

  3. Thank you for this post - you rock!

  4. It is funny that you just wrote about this...
    I went walking last night with a good friend who's son is coming home for the weekend from the Marines and then eventually he ships off to who knows where. It really puts things in perspective when you think you have a "bad day" of selling and rejection. The training that is needed for today's military is intense.
    We should all give them and their families a very special Thank you and let them know you appreciate what they are doing for our country.

  5. Paul:
    I am impressed and happy to see a sales blog that focuses on what is truly important. Of course, the numbers, quotas and bottom lines are important too, but family is critical.
    Also, as an Iraq vet and current member of the Navy Seabees, I appreciate and honor your commitment to our military members. Thanks!

  6. Thanks for the kind words all.

    I found myself getting caught up in my plans and thought it was time to take a moment to reflect, balance and pay tribute.

  7. I found your post today touching because as we sat down to dinner tonight, we raised our glasses in a toast to all who serve or have served. Perhaps one of the lessons of this painful period which are country is going through is that when you lose sight of your values and your sense of right and wrong, you can end up where we are today. I retired from the military in 2005 but ironically ended up working with the military again as a vendor and my admiration and respect for them was rekindled. I appreciate all they do - whether they wear the uniform or support those who do as civilians. This weekend, when so many of us have lost jobs, homes, colleagues, friends and more - it would be awesome if we could all take one minute on Memorial Day to stop what we are doing and honor, in our thoughts and prayers, and as a family, those who serve us. My gratitude and prayers are often with them, but they will especially be on this day. Well done and God bless to everyone in uniform and those who support them (civilian DoD staff and families)!

  8. Well stated Joe!

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your service!



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