I really love coffee. Growing up Swedish (by way of a Wisconsin dairy farming grandfather) coffee – strong, hot and black- was the perfect answer to just about everything. This morning, as I was pouring my first cup of coffee – strong, hot and black – it occurred to me that coffee might be one of those things that is just as good and important and reassuring in happy moments, as it is in terrible ones.That cup of coffee in the early morning on your vacation in Hawaii… or that cup of coffee the morning after you realize that you are indeed going to be a divorcee: both cups of coffee are just as precious and valuable, and necessary. Coffee might not be your thing, it might be tea, or hot water and lemon – but these little things are like bright, tiny anchors that tether us to the cadence of our lives, good or bad, up or down, the dance keeps going. What’s your thing? And (if you drink it) how do you take your coffee?
What I’m reading –Chris Hardman’s Ecological Engagement Calendar 2018. This unique calendar merges your mundane daily planning with the grandeur and mystery of seasons and the earth’s rhythms. Each section includes the angle of the sun, stars, moon and tides, ratios of darkness and light, notes about flora and fauna and how they behave in relationship to the seasons – guaranteed you will find something new and interesting every page you turn. For example, did you know that seven of the 25 brightest stars from the Winter Circle (in the Northern Hemisphere) – they are Sirius, Capella, Rigel, Procyon, Aldebaran, Pollux and Castor, with bright star Betelgeuse at the center.
Tip from Nick – As cliche as it sounds “the fortune is in the follow up.” This saying is absolutely true! The new year is a great time to re-engage your client base. It’s not too late to take action and write an email or send a postcard reminding your clients you are thinking of them. The goal is to create lifelong clients that know, like, and trust you. Follow Up with intent, it will pay in dividends for years to come.
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Random thing I’m mulling over – “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” — Alexander Graham Bell