By Sid Chadwick, Chadwick Consulting, Inc. – 12/18/2020
Published in American Printer

“God’s favorite language…is silence…”………..St. John of The Cross

INTRODUCTION:

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I can’t learn much…if I’m talking….’probably can’t observe much that’s important…if I’m talking…  

Most folks seem to be listening….more….listening is more than a courtesy….listening says…“You’re important….”

Everyone probably looks a little different….sounds a little different… at least… I’m noticing them….more….

Someone wrote that when a person hears our voice…they think of us as smarter….I hope that’s true…

I’ve noticed that I’m finding fewer opinions from others that I take direct issue with….including… surprisingly…..election outcomes….I plan to work on those contentious issues…. in… “the next round”….

There just seems to be more important things to pay attention to… in “this season”…..like “staying safe”…and those I care most about….”keeping them safe”…

If I talk less…and ask better questions….does what I say… have more of an impact…….?….I hope so…

A few dear… long-term friends…of friends….diagnosed with Covid…may not make it…..a few… already haven’t made it…

attention please note

So as I am pulled into this “Holiday Season”….

I want to pay attention to what’s really important…family…friends… children….grandchildren ….my wife….top-notch associates… and suppliers…and customers… I count on…and admire…because….

Suddenly…none of us knows how long we might still have…to treasure…. What…and Who’s….. really important….

SUMMARY:

Let’s all meet back-up next year….in 2021…and do a better job of…listening….becoming more proactive with our customers…and their challenges…somehow… finding inflection points… to elevate our associations’ leadership…and vision…while supporting our treasured publishers…who put their economic welfare on the line..with the rest of us…committed to serving their sponsors and readerships’ hunger…for what’s important.

Keep yourself SAFE…keep those you treasure….SAFE…as much as you can…and pay attention….many…most… of those we’ve lost…were not aware they were in harm’s way……………when they were.

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels…without knowing it.”……Hebrews, 13:2

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