Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day and to say it arrived fast this year is an understatement. I love the holidays for two reasons; family & decorations! Each day that passes I am grateful for so much but the holidays, such as Thanksgiving, give all of us time to make great memories with our families. Tomorrow as I sit down to enjoy the presence of another year with my grandparents, parents, children, spouse, and many aunts & uncles to say what I am thankful for I will state how grateful I am to work with so many wonderful individuals who make work fun! I enjoy my job because of all of you. You make the company great and your hard work and fun loving personalities bring an uplifting atmosphere! It is very easy to jump out of bed each day and look forward to work because I get to work with you! Thanks for all you do! I hope that everyone enjoys Thanksgiving with your families and make great memories to last a lifetime!
Fun Turkey Facts
•The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.
•Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clucking noise.
•Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly.
•Turkeys have heart attacks. The United States Air Force was doing test runs and breaking the sound barrier. Nearby turkeys dropped dead with heart attacks.
•In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.
I spent several hours traveling alone this weekend so I decided to take advantage of our library here at the Fulton office and use my time in the car to listen to a couple of audio books. One of the authors has written a few books on his study of successful businesses and the employees that make those businesses successful.
The author has discovered that the most successful people in business identify and capitalize on their strengths. So often our human nature directs us to focus on our weaknesses instead of our strengths. To achieve the highest level of success, we must push this urge away and focus on capitalizing upon our strengths. Start today by making a list of your individual strengths. How can you use these strengths at work today? Also, what are the strengths of your co-workers? How can you pair your strengths with them to make your team more successful?
I believe if we focus on our strengths and think about the three questions above we can all be more successful.
Have a great Tuesday…..Louis
“Perhaps I am stronger than I think.” Thomas Merton
Here are a few quotes on being thankful this Thanksgiving week. Have a great Monday!
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”
― Oprah Winfrey
“Rest and be thankful.”
― William Wordsworth
“We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“Sometimes we focus so much on what we don’t have that we fail to see, appreciate, and use what we do have!”
― Jeff Dixon
“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”
― W.T. Purkiser
Since I don’t do Facebook I was unaware that November was the Month of Gratitude until I read Rachel’s blog post a couple of days ago. I really liked Rachel’s blog and thought I would add to it.
I am thankful to have a job in which I love coming to work each day. I am thankful to work with a great group of caring people who make my workday fun and exciting. I am thankful to be on this team we call Montgomery Enterprises.
I hope everyone has a very special and safe Thanksgiving Holiday next week. — Luke
“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” Alphonse Karr
As Luke mentioned last week, Sammy Stephens was on location in Aberdeen filming our next commercial for Approved Auto Sales. Luke and I were able to see the first rough clip yesterday of “Super Sammy” in action. While there is still of lot of editing that must take place before the piece is ready to air, the footage exceeded our expectations. This commercial will be the next step in continuing to build our brand at Approved Auto Sales. Hopefully we will have a final version to share with you in a few weeks.
-Have a great day….Louis
If any of you are on Facebook, I am sure that you have seen all the daily posts of thankfulness. Although I do not participate in the daily postings on Facebook, the importance of being thankful cannot be emphasized enough. So many of us are so blessed but yet so many of us take for granted those blessings. For this blog, I wanted to thank the ladies in accounting for all of their hard work. The last few weeks have been hard but all four of them have gone above and beyond to help me. In just a short amount of time, each of them have become like family to me. Jana, Dellynn, Jon, Jon & Kandi – I love all of you dearly and I cannot wait to see what an excellent department we can become!
Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.”
With about 43.8 million Americans smoking cigarettes – nearly 1 in 5 adults – tobacco use remains the single most preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S. The American Cancer Society observes the 3rd Thursday in November of each year as the Great American Smokeout. This year, on November 21st, smokers are encouraged to quit smoking. Even one day without smoking can help reduce the risk of cancer and other life threatening diseases. Below are some statistics on how your body recovers over a period of time after becoming smoke free.
- 20 minutes without smoking will cause your heart rate and blood pressure to drop.
- 12 hours without smoking will cause the carbon monoxide level in your blood to return to normal.
- 2 weeks – 3 months smoke free will improve your circulation and increase your lung function.
- 1 – 9 months without smoking will decrease coughing and shortness of breath; cilia start to regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.
- 1 year without smoking will reduce the excess risk of coronary heart disease by half that of a continuing smoker.
- 5 years smoke free will result in the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder being cut in half. Cervical cancer risk will fall to that of a non-smoker. Stroke risk can fall to that of a non-smoker after 2 to 5 years.
- After 10 years of being smoke free the risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking. The risk of cancer of the larynx (voice box) and pancreas decreases.
- After 15 years of being smoke free, the risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker.
The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.
We have had several people ask about our Lebonheur shirts. We got all the entries back Thursday and chose the winners. Meredith should have the actual shirt design today and will email it out to everyone. 🙂 Kim
Every week I receive an email from a professional career website that I am a member of. This week’s email was 10 Ways To Be More Professional at Work. I thought I would share these ten ways with you and I hope they will influence you to be more professional at work.
1. Competence. You’re good at what you do – and you have the skills and knowledge that enable you to do your job well.
2. Reliability. People can depend on you to show up on time, submit your work when it’s supposed to be ready, etc.
3. Honesty. You tell the truth and are upfront about where things stand.
4. Integrity. You are known for your consistent principles.
5. Respect For Others. Treating all people as if they mattered is part of your approach.
6. Self-Upgrading. Rather than letting your skills or knowledge become outdated, you seek out ways of staying current.
7. Being Positive. No one likes a constant pessimist. Having an upbeat attitude and trying to be a problem-solver makes a big difference.
8. Supporting Others. You share the spotlight with colleagues, take time to show others how to do things properly, and lend an ear when necessary.
9. Staying Work-Focused. Not letting your private life needlessly have an impact on your job, and not spending time at work attending to personal matters.
10. Listening Carefully. People want to be heard, so you give people a chance to explain their ideas properly.
Have a great Friday!! And a safe and fun weekend!