Nobody likes to feel like an afterthought. I recently found myself catching up on birthdays for two of my bright and beautiful daughters-in-law. I pride myself on remembering and responding to special dates and days in our family. I blew it! Sometimes there are reasons for things being missed but there are never excuses.
Charlie Cox was my Dad. He was a wonderful man and the one to blame for all of my thank you’s and please’s. In the dictionary, right next to the words courtesy and kindness, you will find the name Charles Walter Cox. Dad was a world class municipal bond trader and from his office on Spring Street, in Los Angeles, California, he would often travel north to San Francisco or east to Chicago, New York or Boston. On those long train trips he would visit every five-and-dime or toy store at his destinations, to collect gifts and trinkets to bring home in his suitcase. Every Christmas morning we would awaken to the prospect of stockings, hung by the chimney with care, filled with treasures from across Charlie’s beloved America. When we reached into those repositories of joy, we knew that Dad had remembered us every day of the year and every mile of his travels. We were never an afterthought with Charlie; we were always on his mind.
It works the same way in business. Guests, Clients and co-workers must always be “present” in our hearts and minds.
“Oh, that we could always see such spirit through the year.” (The Charlie Brown Christmas Children’s Choir…)
Bless you and your Family’s Holidays!
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