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GRATEFUL…Don’t Sweat the small stuff! On this anniversary of 9/11,  We often get wrapped up in small stuff that just does not matter. We stay angry with loved ones and close friends for things that are so unimportant. Tomorrow is not promised to us and God has a plan for each one of us. Tuesday, September 11th 2001 is a day that I will never forget. It was a horrific day in American History, and I can remember that day as if it just happened yesterday. I take comfort in knowing that those innocent people who lost their lives on that day will never be forgotten. I have not visited the 911 museum but it is on my list of things to do next time I am in NYC. All we can do is LIVE, and not get so wrapped up in sweating the small stuff...Life is a gift that should be treasured and never taken for granted.

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9/11 Memorial photo credit: inhabitat.com
Kurt had a touching poem in his possession called Just for Today  by Sally Meyer a poem to a child from a mother and it touched me so much I wanted to share with all of you. (Click here to read the poem)
 I can remember when I first moved to Sag Harbor 17 years ago…with a then 8-year-old and a 2-year-old. Kurt was working in NYC and I was alone in a new area with no friends or family, feeling somewhat overwhelmed. I was still working in Brooklyn for the 1st month and I remember the morning of 9/11 I had just dropped Dani off at school and I was going to drive into Brooklyn with Allura to my job. Kurt had called me because he had just received a phone call telling him his father was diagnosed with cancer and he was so distraught, I talked to him and he was able to pull himself together and continue his drive into NYC to work. An hour later he called to say Ness turn on the news…do not drive into the city today. That is when I remember turning on the TV and I felt frozen…many of my friends worked in many of the world trade buildings and a feeling of intense grief came over me. I am grateful all of my friends are doing well, but many parents did not make it home to their children. On this very special day and the anniversary of 9/11, I share this poem with many parents feelings overwhelmed and not taking a minute to just enjoy your child. Although my children are much older 25 and 18, I realize that I often get wrapped up with work and I do not stop to enjoy a conversation with them. Take the time turn off the cell phone, television, computer. When everyone is together we play a game of Sorry...a board game. The cell phones are put away and we just enjoy each other’s company.

I am so grateful and blessed for my wonderful daughters in my life and there is not a day that I do not say thank you for loaning them to me to raise, nurture, guide, love, teach and get to a place where they will hopefully one day become a parent doing what I have done for them.  In life, we often sweat the small stuff and this poem “Just for Today” by Sally Meyer just put things into perspective for me as a parent and I took the time to enjoy every minute of my girls growing up because tomorrow is not promised to us. My girls are now women and I still make time every day to talk to them and when I can spend time with them doing things they enjoy doing. bigstock-Mother-And-Child-1213809

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Is the Passion gone?

It is interesting I have been in sales for over 20 years and every time I have taken a vacation I still seem to be in work mode while on vacation. I believe it is because when you are in sales you live and breathe it and it is very hard to turn it off, you are completely passionate about what you do and motivated to make money. This time I was completely removed from my job and I realized that my passion for my job might be dying and changes may need to be made on my end; or my company will need to make some changes to restore my passion. Can it be done, maybe, it is up to them or is it up to me to restore my passion?

Is the Passion gone?

How important is having passion vital to your success? Whether it be your personal life or your business life Passion is absolutely vital to your success. In a situation seeing your passion disappear a little everyday it may cost a company thousands of dollars in revenue, if the passion has disappeared from your relationship this may cost your marriage and ultimately cost you thousands of dollars in divorce. Being a salesperson and having passion for the product or service that you are selling is very important because your buyers feed off of your excitement and your passion for what you are trying to sell them. Today I was talking to a friend who is a Real Estate Broker and we discussed how a broker was granted an exclusive on a home that he secretly does not like; now all of the other brokers in the company love this home but the homeowners have decided to give him the exclusive listing. The homeowners are not aware that this broker does not like their home, how long do you think this house will be on the market? The broker is not passionate about this home and therefore he may not present it as passionately as say another broker who loves the home. There again is that word Passion….If you have a sales person who is very passionate about the products and services they are selling, this will not even seem like a job to them; they will live and breathe for this job and ultimately be extremely successful which will result in an increase in revenue for the business. So how does a company keep their salespeople passionate? Very simple they provide the necessary tools they need to do the job completely, they provide a good product or service and stand by their word, they offer incentives to their staff, they treat their sales team with respect and integrity and most importantly they pay their sales team what they are valued. If you have a good salesperson you hold on to them and try not to let them go. A good Salesperson is like an old bottle of wine it needs to be handled delicately.

What about the passion in your relationship, the same rules apply, well minus paying them money. Well I could be persuaded to show more passion if money was involved…..hmmmmmmmmmmmm