Hello-hello, friends. The Consort here stepping boldly mikeside while The Princess gives back to the community. Before skipping out the door she demanded politely asked me to fill in today. I am humbled at this opportunity. The timing is perfect because I’m in a reflective mood. I’ve been considering what I’ve learned along the way so hang on tight… we’re going for a ride inside The Consort’s mind.
1. Share your toys – Ever seen an armored car in a funeral procession? Earning money is not, on the surface, bad. It’s one of those basic things that we must do to survive. But when the pursuit of money controls you then there has been a line crossed somewhere. You can never have it all and you certainly can’t take any with you when you die. Share what you have with someone who needs a little help. I’ve been fortunate to have been involved with large-scale disaster relief drives during my broadcasting career. It always amazed me when the people who had the least to give came forward with significant gifts. Perhaps they knew what it meant to need help. I don’t know what the reasons might have been but the generosity always touched me deeply. We’re seeing it again during the crisis in Haiti. Your mother was right all along when she told you to share your toys.
2. Keep grinding – I spent some time on the phone today with a sales representative who cold-called The Preppy Princess. We get a lot of that and I’m always willing to spend a little time (but no money) with the caller. You see, I’ve done that and I hated it. Cold-calling can be the most soul-sucking part of any sales job. I have to hand it to the person who can get hung up on, verbally abused or laughed at and still make the next call. They’re grinding. The next call is the one that’s going to click. It’s brutal. I salute those people. But I’m still not going to buy anything off of a cold-call.
3. Don’t put off a visit – Life is fleeting. Listen to that voice in your head that is telling you to go visit someone who might need a little cheering up. Call them, get in the car and drive, whatever. Just make up your mind that you’re going to go. When the visit is over they’ll feel better and so will you. We sometimes act like we’re never going to run out of days. We’ll go tomorrow… or the next day. Then, quite suddenly, there is no more tomorrow and the person is gone. Those missed opportunities are a heavy burden to carry.
4. It’s a big world – Go see it. Meet someone in their home country. Get out of the resort hotels and go inland. I spent some time doing business in Brazil and do not speak Portuguese. But I tried and my bumbling efforts were always a source of amusement and were appreciated. I also met some amazing people because I was willing to make a fool of myself. Take a backpack, a change of clothes and go. You’ll be amazed at what happens next.
5. Fashions come and go – Style stays. That’s the heart of a great quote from someone far more clever than I. It’s true. There are still some looks that are difficult to top. You know them… the LBD. A well-cut suit. A single strand of pearls. The black bowtie casually undone at the end of a perfect evening. I love style. Fashions can leave me baffled. I’m not as smart as The Princess or all the faithful readers of this blog.
What lessons have you learned on your journey? Leave a comment and share. C’mon… don’t be shy. We’re all friends here.
But now I’ve come to the end of my mind. It’s time to say thank you for your time. Don’t forget to take care of your waitperson tonight; they’re working hard for you. I’d like to leave you with the unique song stylings of some British lads who seem to be in for a surprise tonight. The Princess will return tomorrow… good night everyone!