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This is a plight of significant proportion and there is of course an impact to neighboring countries in South America and as far as Spain, where Venezuelan immigrants are seeking refuge. But we should make no pretense on what is unfolding here. Our media outlets showed the imagery of Russian jets landing on Venezuelan soil in increasing numbers. The embrace of Maduro by Russian, Turkey and to a lesser degree, North Korea.This is happening in the Western Hemisphere and is seen as a threat (real or contrived and inflated). Interesting that the plight of the Haitian people who are also in our Hemisphere is not considered a priority or ‘humanitarian crisis, but that writing is for another day.

Further, and here is the kicker….Venezuela is OIL RICH (oh… Haiti, now I understand). Let me repeat that. Venezuela is OIL RICH. The ability of many multinationals (in case you were wondering, the 1%) to manipulate OPEC, Russia’s oil dominance and an opportunity to determine Russian economic stability is too great an opportunity for America, especially this administration to squander, or so they may think.

If I were the American tourists, dignitaries and Embassy staff located in Venezuela I would be packing my bags and getting on the next flight out, because they are going to be the pawns used as a simulated pretext for American intervention. Think hostage situation. Think about Maduro’s threats and demand that they leave. Think about Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo’s position that Maduro cannot demand they leave. Is Pompeo kidding???? All the precursors for an invasion…er sorry….INTERVENTION (so much cleaner and sanitized a term).

I remember the Iranian hostage CRISIS. I see this devolving into a situation that may be reminiscent of that malady. 

I am no military planner, I am not Nostradamus, I have no other concern other than to say, I have seen this movie before. A high level American politician setting the stage for intervention by preparing the American public about ‘humanitarian’ or ‘geopolitical’ crisis forming “right off our shores”. A President with sagging popularity looking for an ‘October Surprise.’ Military threat from….The Russians. And….get ready…… ITS ABOUT THE OIL. ITS ABOUT THE MONEY! 

Who will get rich at the expense of some other nation’s citizens?

I will remind you of the Shah of Iran and American intervention that gave rise to the Ayatollah Khomeini. Iran Contra Affair. The Domino Theory. The Iraq War (take your pick which one) giving rise to ISIS.  I know, I know, these are all disparate ‘adventures’ with unrelated precursors save one. MONEY. Look and see what was at the root of these interventions by our government. Oil, land, territory and a geopolitical chessboard that makes dominance over other people’s land the prime directive. But make no mistake, if you seek out the root cause analysis of the adventurism, it was about the MONEY! Its ALWAYSabout the money!

I don’t want to see anymore American treasure lost in the pursuit of fleeting gains and assuaging fragile egos and image.

Be cautious America, Be on your guard.                          I think we have seen this movie before.

photo credit: www.dogonews.com
photo credit: www.dogonews.com

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.

photo credit inhabitat.com
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