The Christmas season changes people! This can be the most stressful time of year.

I worked in retail for many years and people used to say to me “It must be fun working in the stores at this time of year!”. Not!! The Holiday season changes people.

 

STRESSED OUT STAFF

Man-CryingRetail staff are typically working longer shifts, more of them and the recovery of the stores at the end of the day is horrendous. Shoppers drop things all over the store. At the end of the day, someone has to gather that all up and put it where it belongs. It’s like when the husbands and kids just drop things and think it miraculously puts itself away.

Imagine being in a store and hearing someone saying TGIF!

Are you kidding me?! That’s the third busiest day of the week with the two busiest yet to come. Don’t get me going on Sunday shopping! These people have been busting their backsides to keep everything you need ready for your appearance in the store and then get snapped at because the person before you took the last of the item you came for. There’s more in the back if you’ll be patient!

 

STRESSED OUT CLIENTS

People, like bankers and financial advisors, are rushing to get all of their year end tasks completed so they can enjoy this time with family. Then they are rushing to get ready for the holidays. Shopping, baking, decorating, wrapping and so on. Plus, keeping up to the normal day to day chores.

At the risk of coming across as sexist, Moms are amazing. I don’t know how they keep up because the kids typically seem to go to her for help, oblivious to all of the other stuff she has already been doing. Men, help!

For some, they have lost a loved one, or experienced something like job loss. The holidays work to emphasize loss and some can actually sink into depression. I can tell you that, having lost a child, there are moments that are not the brightest at this time of year. I might even snap at you if you catch me in a bad moment.

We all need to remember that at this time of year, everyone is under stress. Even people who don’t observe holidays at this time of year. They are under the same pressure to complete tasks at work before the office or store closes for the break. No pressure!

 

BE KIND

3D-Women-Presentation-06Remember that the retailer is trying their best to accommodate your needs. It’s not their fault you are shopping five minutes before the store is closing.

Think about the person that is calling your office and the pressure they are under. Take a break! When you are feeling frustrated, go for a little walk and get some air. That’s being kind to yourself. You deserve kindness too.

Taking a few minutes to unwind before facing family, staff and clients is not only a good thing for your health, it’s good for business.

Breathe.

It’s difficult to stay mad with someone who is kind and letting their face and voice show it. Now, get out there and kill them with kindness!

 

Make it a great day,

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for the Christmas season. I’m thankful for all of the people who try to make me smile. I’m thankful for you!

What are you thankful for today?

 

 

Social Media Can Be A Mine Field, Tread Softly!

SOCIAL MEDIA CAN BE A MINE FIELD!

1196px-Facebook_like_thumbThese days, you need to have a social media presence.

Not too long ago, many older people were saying they had no interest in being online.  At the time, I believe it’s because the learning curve was too steep.  Between Microsoft, Apple and all the software developers, they have made computers pretty intuitive and easy to use.  Now Grandma and Grandpa are on Facebook!

 

Make sure you are aware of the risks.  Now you have family and friends watching.  Business associates and friends want to see what you are doing and even strangers have voyeuristic tendencies.  This is a double edged sword.  It’s wonderful to be able to update everyone on your activities and share your thoughts.  By the same token, you always need to remember that your life is on display for all to see. Continue reading

Identity Theft, You Don’t Think It Can Happen To You?

Identity theft can, and likely will, happen to you.  Just ask Brian Perrault of Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Click here to learn more)!

 

Bag of moneyMy Bank Will Cover Me!

When it comes to someone hacking into your account or fraudulently using your credit card, that would likely be true.  As far as the financial cost goes.  Someone managed to get into my PayPal account via email hacking.  They then took over $700 from my chequing account.  I went to the bank, spent about an hour changing the account number and they put the money back into my account.  But, that’s all they did.  There was no action on their part to see if it had gone past just my money.

The banks and credit card companies won’t fix the tax implications if someone uses my Social Insurance Number (S.I.N.) or, in the US, Social Security Number.  Imagine getting an income tax bill for thousands of dollars of unpaid taxes and, you know what “the Taxman” is like, he’ll get his pound of flesh first and then it’s up to you to prove it wasn’t you.  Good luck with that!

 

Identity Theft can happen to you

Brian Perrault lost his job and the ability to provide for his daughter young daughter because someone had assumed his identity.  Traffic violations and warrants for criminal activities.  He missed his grandmother’s funeral because he was pulled over because there were warrants for his arrest in two provinces in Canada.  I can only guess that he didn’t believe identity theft could happen to him.

Brian’s identity had been compromised by a man who lived just over an hour away.  It took 20 months after Brian Perrault’s arrest before they figured out that a man from Midland had compromised Brian’s identity.  Imagine the stress level he must have gone through and likely still does today. Continue reading

Thank a veteran.

Lest we forget.

(You will need to turn your volume all the way up for this one.)

Grandma & Grandpa Crooks

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Grandma & Grandpa Clermont

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I received this from a friend in an email.
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It is the VETERAN , not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the VETERAN , not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the VETERAN , not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the VETERAN , not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is the VETERAN , not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the VETERAN , not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.
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It is the VETERAN ,
who salutes the Flag,
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It is the VETERAN ,
who serves under the Flag,
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ETERNAL REST GRANT UNTO THEM, O LORD, AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM.
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We can be very proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where they serve.
God Bless them all!!!
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 – Author unknown

 

Time is precious!

Time. The most precious commodity in the world. It’s a crime when time slips away.

Time speeds up.

time-is-running-outHave you ever noticed that time seems to speed up as you get older? I have a theory. I don’t think time speeds up. Time is absolutely constant. There is one guarantee, you will run out.
  • Time is infinite but you only get a small piece foryourself.
  • Time doesn’t stop.
  • You can’t buy more time.
  • You can’t get time back.
When you are 5 years old, you can’t wait to be six. At that point, one year is 20% of your life. So long! Fast forward to 50 years old and all of a sudden, one year is just 2% of your life. So short!

Make it count.

Why is it that we know we only have so much time on this earth and yet we waste precious time on negative thoughts and actions?

  • We worry about what we don’t have.
  • We worry about what neighbours and friends might think.
  • We focus on “getting what we deserve”.

What if:

  • We appreciate what we do have?
  • Stay true to our values regardless of what others may think?
  • We stay focused on our goals and trust that we will have what we need?

I think it was in The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson that he makes the comment “Who will cry at your funeral?” When you think about, I would be surprised if more than 10% actually cry at your funeral. If that’s true then why do you care what people think as long as you are true to your values?

 

Summary

Time slips away if you let it. Or, it can be well spent if you choose to. What will it be:

  • Sitting worrying about your job or taking action to change your situation?
  • Spending time trying to convince your children to follow your beliefs or equipping them with the tools they need to make good decisions?
  • Feeling sorry for yourself because you don’t have enough money or taking action to increase your income? Maybe start your own business?

You decide. Because the choice is yours.

Will you let time slip away or will you spend it wisely?

Make it a great day!

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. I’m thankful for every moment of every day. I’m thankful I still have some time left.

What are you thankful for today?

Click here for Jeff’s site.