remember and honor

Remember and Honor

Memorial Day. First observed on May 30, 1868 at Arlington National Ceremony.  The Library of Congress indicates Commander in Chief John A. Logan of the grand Army of the Republic issued what was called General Order Number 11″for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion…” In 1971, federal law changed the observance date to the last Monday in May and to recognize all who died in American wars.

It seems surreal today as we remember the fallen in the middle of a global pandemic.  Take a moment today to remember those that have paid the ultimate price for all of us. And to honor all of those who are on the front lines today, whether in the military, the hospitals, the cashiers, the janitors, the truck drivers, the delivery drivers and many more. Thank you.

are you watching for clues?

Are you paying attention to the clues others are giving you?

Dogs have a funny way of letting you know when there is something not to their liking. Mine has been letting me know regularly when she is not pleased to get dog food when my dinner smells really good to her.

I call it Dinner, no thanks.

She picks up her bowl and turns it over, then walks off or gives me the stink eye.

She is not subtle.

But many times, people are. They give subtle clues that are visible if you are paying attention. With social distancing and the stress of life today, those clues may be much more difficult to see.

Are you paying attention to the clues others are giving you?

are you adjusting when conditions change?

Are you adjusting when conditions change?

With stay at home orders still in effect, people are out walking on a regular basis. In my area, many of the roads do not have sidewalks, causing people to walk in the road. When on a sidewalk, the rule of thumb is to walk the same way traffic flows. But on the road with no sidewalks, the rule of thumb is to walk opposite the flow of traffic so you can see cars coming at you. But very few people make the adjustment and walk opposite traffic.

Going with the flow and not adjusting when conditions change happens all the time in business and in life. The key is to notice that conditions have actually changed. Once you do, you be able to make the appropriate adjustments.

What hazards are in your path?

Are you missing hazards in your path?

The cat was crouched in the road eyeing a critter in the ditch on the side of the road. It was clearly planning it’s attack. Then a car appeared, speeding, from a dip in the road. It was clear the driver was not paying attention to the road ahead. I held up my hand in a stop sign and the other pointing to the cat in the road. Clearly the driver didn’t see me either. The cat didn’t see the car coming as it was focused on the critter. At the last minute, the car swerved and braked. The cat ran right in front of the car. As panic set in, the cat emerged and ran off. It was only luck that the cat survived.

There is so much going on right now with the pandemic, that it is easy to miss hazards in your path. How are you making sure you don’t?

are you making progress through the busyness

Are you progressing through all the busyness?

As we continue to adjust to working in the era of social distancing, many people have shared they are busy. Even more busy than before their community went into lockdown. Sometimes it is due to more outreach with remote teams. And other times it is to learn more. And of course there is juggling a family at home.

With all the busyness, are you making progress? When we get to the other side, will you look back and be happy with how you spent your time? It’s not too late to make adjustments if they are needed!

how well are you plugged in?

How are you plugged in?

The way information flows is always interesting. Word of mouth is always the most powerful. And that is certainly true now.

In speaking with a number of business owners and leaders over the last few weeks, the gap in awareness of programs available to help business through these times was significant. Some people heard about the programs from many sources, including people in their neighborhood. And others were completely unaware, even though they banked with banks that were lenders in the programs.

How are you plugged in? Are you getting the information and support you need to be successful right now?

what project can you do now?

What projects can you do that you have been putting off?

We all have a list of things that need to get done. And it is easy to put them off. This weekend, I knocked two off my list: power washing my driveway and cleaning my carpet. While doing the work isn’t fun, the result is fantastic!

Many businesses now have the time to complete all those projects that will make the business run better and more efficiently, but haven’t had time to focus on them. There are many programs right now aimed at keeping people employed. Why not take the time to complete those projects that will position you to take off once things get back to normal!

how are you getting perspective?

How are you getting a clear perspective?

It was a foggy morning. One that you could hardly see through when you were in the middle of it. But as I got to the top of the hill, the fog parted to reveal a beautiful, clear day.

That’s the thing about perspective. Sometimes you need to raise up a bit to get out of the fog and get a clear perspective.

what are you doing to keep a smile on your face?

How are surrounding yourself with things that bring a smile to your face?

I love flowers. They are happy, especially in spring. So during my trip to Trader Joe’s to pick up groceries, I picked up flowers too. Apparently I wasn’t the only one. The woman checking me out shared that flowers sales were up dramatically.

Turn on the news or social media and you’ll find largely negative stories. And there is no end in sight to the pandemic. In the era or social distancing, it is important to have something that lifts your spirits and brings a smile to your face. How are you keeping a smile on your face?

Are you inspired or intimidated?

Are you inspired?

Over the last week the reaction to the coronavirus has been truly inspiring. People have come together to help neighbors and communities. Businesses that make alcohol have started producing and donating hand sanitizer. Small businesses have started curbside pickup or home delivery. Creativity and innovation are everywhere. Are you inspired yet?