Lessons come in many different forms and today I learned another important lesson. I received a card in the mail this afternoon from a person that worked for me over 25 years ago. I remember him quite well; he was eager to learn and worked hard from day one. After several years of a very enjoyable and mutually rewarding association he decided that it was time for him to strike out on his own. Yes, I was disappointed, yet proud that he felt ready to start his own firm. We stayed in touch over the years and I always enjoyed hearing from him and answering questions regarding business issues.
The card was a reflection of the time we worked together. He shared how important that time was in his life and how it helped shaped his personal and work ethics. A quote: “Thank you for being my friend for all of these years, and thank you for sharing your wisdom and guidance freely!”
In my consulting business I receive a lot of testimonials (although I sometimes have to ask for them) from past and current clients. This card is one that is personal, written from the heart and addressed to both my wife and me. It’s a card that I will save for my life story.
So what did I learn? I learned the impact that an unsolicited thank you note can make. I also started a list on a new pad and at the top is says “They made a difference”. I will be thinking back over my life and listing those people who made a difference, from teachers to school friends, spiritual directors to business associates and family members who played a role in my life.
I am sure that some of the people on my list will have passed on to their eternal home. Those that are still here and for whom I can find contact information, I will reach out to them either by phone or mail. I have a lot to be thankful for, and based on how I felt when I received this special note, I plan to let others share my joy.
Take some time and reflect on your own life. Focus on those who had a positive impact on your life, and reach out to them.
If you know what you want out of life, it’s amazing how many people will give you a helping hand, but only if your heart and mind are open.
Nick J. Petra CFP www.onebizcentral.com subscribe yourself and give others a helping hand by encourage them to do likewise.