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The Power of "Thank You"
May 20, 2014

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Remembering “Thank You”

Recently, I felt disappointed when an opportunity to publicly thank people didn’t materialize. The index card list was mashed and smudged in my nervous hands, only to be stuffed back in my bag. Eventually it dawned on me that I’d done what so many people do, waited for “a moment” to express my thanks, when every moment is the right moment. Here are those thanks.

“We are the sum of the people with whom we spend time.

Therefore, from my heart I thank you, for you are the people with whom I choose to spend my time. Your friendship, caring, support and business have allowed me to mark 20 years as a leadership practitioner. You are the 20% who accomplish 80% and do so humbly, shrugging your shoulders and saying, “It needed doing.”

Thanks to Melissa Landsman who nominated me for the Delaware Valley HR Consultant of the Year Award and to the entire Greater Valley Forge Human Resources Association. It is a pleasure to serve our profession side by side with you. Lehigh Valley and Tri-State SHRM chapters also adopted me over the years and I appreciate the opportunities you’ve given me.

The PA State SHRM Council members are likewise a wonderful group of folks and great fun to work with. At one Council meeting, they hatched a nefarious to-do list for me; took a photo of the flip chart and emailed the photo to me in Pakistan. It was the best letter from home I ever got.

To the team in Pakistan my thanks for an extraordinary experience. Every day, folks would work and accomplish in spite of all the uphill battles. Like everywhere else in the world, people wanted decent jobs, to take pride in their work, spend time with family and friends and give their kids a better life. It gave me the heart to push on when people found value in the work we brought. Great colleagues are everywhere in the world and it’s a gift to work with them.

We are the sum of the people with whom we spend time. If that is true, then we can never forget our family. We spend our whole lives with them. Family helps make us who we are. My sister Marie sets quite a benchmark for achievement. She broke a lot of glass ceilings, being “The first woman to…” time and again. What was a competitive sister to do but strap on sneakers and run up the mountain behind her?

Very many more people deserve thanks. To all of you who are so generous with your time and knowledge and ask nothing more than a pay it forward, THANK YOU.”

The best lesson in not winning is to realize you have already given me a greater prize.

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