Posts Tagged ‘social’

Patriotic is…

July 2, 2010

July 4 commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  Many of us think of BBQ, hot dogs, beer, and fireworks. But, it’s also a great time to reflect on what America is about.

Dictionary.com defines a Patriot as:  a person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion.

So, I’m sitting here wondering, what *are* America’s interests. Well, other then TV, celebrities, sports, fast food, and consumerism. 🙂  The second sentence in the Declaration of Independence is one of the most famous historical statements:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

When I read this statement, I can almost feel the sense of community that our forefathers wanted for this country.  All politics aside, it seems like in the last 200 plus years, we may have strayed from the ideals that created this country.  It seems like a lot of us have gotten so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, we forget to look around us and think about our fellow Americans.  We worry about our own woes and we forget that there are others out there with problems much larger then our own.

For this Fourth of July holiday weekend, I encourage you to do something “patriotic”.  Volunteer.  Take some time out of your day to help become a part of your community.  Support the folks around you.  Get to know them.  Shake their hand.  Hear their stories.  You’ll be better connected to your community, and we may slowly get back to what our forefathers wanted.

What are some of your favorite organizations to volunteer for?

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It’s All About Who You Know

April 30, 2010

Networking Business Cards

Cards, Cards, and More Cards

I’m cleaning up my desk, and I’ve neatly stacked all the business cards that I’ve collected since I started The Cookie Drop just a few short months ago.  The stack is 2 inches high.  108 cards, no repeats.

This is 108 unique individuals that I’ve personally shaken hands with and had at least a 3 second conversation with.  Don’t forget…  I used to be an engineer, so here I go with some fun facts for you!

  • 59 of the people I would recognize if I saw again
  • 53 created their own company
  • 15 are in the wedding industry, lets break it down for fun
    • 4 do flowers
    • 4 caterers
    • 1 cupcake girl
    • 1 photographer
    • 1 videographer
    • 3 miscelaneous
  • 10 are tech related, only 1 of which is a large corporation and 7 created their own company
  • 5 printers
  • 6 fitness related folks
  • 2 salons
  • 4 wineries
  • 2 in home non medical care
  • 7 are in the financial arena
  • 13 are selling MLM products

Phew.  That was a lot of cards to sort through.  Plus, I know I’ve lost some because there are people in my mind that I can’t find cards for.  That’s about 25 new people that I meet every month.  It’s amazing to think I used to spend my days behind the computer and interact with at most 5-7 people a day.  And then you see those same people every day.  Wow, that lacked excitement and variety!  Sure, some of these are just business connections, but there are some in here that I truly care about and that I would call my new found friends…

How many folks do you interact with in a day?  Would you prefer it to be more or less?