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What Are You Thankful For?

The year of 2020 will be remembered not for what we lost, but for what we gained in knowing truly what we are thankful and grateful for! We have been through many trials and tests, with still more to come, but we have shown we can still be thankful in the midst of our circumstances and help others do the same.

What are you thankful for as we approach this Thanksgiving Day 2020? I look back on our history, when 400 years ago in 1620 the Pilgrims, who chose to come to this land, and faced many hardships, including the loss of lives. Yet , they still wanted to be thankful to the God of all creation, and reached out to others to celebrate the beauty and harvest of this new land.

Little did they know when they recorded the 200 words of the Mayflower Compact on their ship before they landed at Plymouth Rock, that it would be the foundation of our country as we know it today. A lot has happened since then, but we can still stand for the truth that we believe in and celebrate the blessings of our individual lives.

Today I celebrate and am thankful for the many blessings that I have received in this great land called The United States of America. I am thankful for the freedom of choice in serving God, a wonderful family, amazing health, those who fought and continue to fight for my freedoms, being in the workplace for over 50 years doing the work I love, with the most Remarkable team and clients, being supported by our Prayer Partners, and the many friends we have all over the world.

I don’t take lightly the freedom that has been fought for and won, nor the challenges of today. But I face the tomorrows to come with pursuing joy, peace, and contentment; knowing that our God is still in control and His principles will prevail no matter what comes!

Today I ask you, What Are You Thankful For? Share it with others and surround yourself with those who are thankful and grateful to be living in such a great country, America, home of the brave and the free.

Sue Falcone is the Founder and CEO of Remarkable! A Speakers Bureau. Spending a good part of her career as a corporate executive, and then as a Professional Speaker and Best-selling Author, Sue knows first-hand how difficult it is to plan and facilitate any event. Hiring the perfect speaker or musical entertainer for an event, meeting or conference can be a very stressful process. Sue is passionate about her work and dedicated to bringing customized, personalized and highly detailed services to her clients. Contact Sue today at 888-766-3155 to help you get started in creating a Remarkable Experience from beginning and beyond!   

What Part Does Faith Play in Your Business?

faith in businessOur business world today is a lot different than any of us have experienced before. Is there a way to preserve the faith we believe in and not be seen as a religious fanatic wanting to change everyone to what we believe? How do we stay out of the battle without alienating someone!

I am humbled to have had the opportunity to be mentored and trained by wise people like Zig Ziglar, John Maxwell, and Stephen Covey. Each of these men had different backgrounds and faith, but they all had one common theme that made their words and ways wise for everyone.

They learned and shared you have to “earn the right to be heard.” That means listening is more important than speaking, and living a life based on principals we all understand is key to having true faith in your life.

Social Media has opened a new way where more people than ever before can see who we are, what we believe, and how we live life!  I want to make sure I portray a respect of others, and even though I may not agree with their faith and lifestyle, I can accept them without endorsing how they choose to live and believe.

Faith plays a great part in my business, but I have found this to be so true:  “Your belief determines your action and your action determines your results, but first you have to believe.” Mark Victor Hansen. Many people today are not real sure and clear about what they personally believe, and in choosing that path may unfairly be seen as judging rather than serving.  

Some may say I have a weak faith, and am not true to the standards of tradition and teachings of it, while others say I focus on my faith too much in the ways I choose to handle my business and life! I have learned that no one is perfect, and that in business we can learn to communicate a sense of serving no matter what and handle each customer so that we are true to ourselves without losing our true identity and faith.

I love meeting and serving those who do not look like me, believe like I do, dress like I do, think like I do, or act like I do! I love their gifts and skills and I love helping to create an atmosphere of love and concern, and of a listening heart! Isn’t that how we build business relationships, and learn the art of communication with each other, no matter what their faith may be?

Recently I had a well recognized CEO of a major company ask me: “Do you think when I mention my faith in a blog, on my website, or a comment picked up in the media, that it offends many people?  My answer was, “why are you asking me this question?  Isn’t true faith doing what you think is appropriate, and then moving on without thought of who may be looking, or what they may think?”

Have a great week, knowing your faith is both public and private, but it is uniquely yours, and how you choose to live it matters only to who your belief is in, and all others have not “earned the right” to question it!

sueSue Falcone-Owner
Simply Sue Speaks Global Booking Agency

 

 

 

 

 

Where Were You?………………………

Eleven years ago today will always be etched in my mind and forever in my memory.  It was a beautiful crisp sunny morning in North Carolina.  I was listening to a favorite radio program and planning my business day ahead;  when all of a sudden an emergency message came on and urged everyone to pray and turn on their TV.

I could not imagine what I would soon see. As I grabbed the remote to click to my favorite news station, my mind was racing.  Was our country being attacked? Were our leaders safe? Where was my family? Was I safe?

I was not prepared to see the next image that roared from my TV. I saw the raging fire, the buildings, and realized where they were located.  I saw the second plane storm into the second tower.  I couldn’t comprehend the total picture, but I knew I needed to contact my husband before he left the Post Office to deliver his mail route.

As I hurriedly pressed the buttons I was thinking ahead.  As I am a “list maker,” I started jotting down what I needed to do. When my husband came to the phone I was so glad I was able to reach him and share my love for him. He advised they had all the news coming into them very quickly, and they were being prepared for what they might face.

I had not had time to think about the fact that as a Postal employee in a uniform, even though they were now a private agency, they were still thought of as “government employees”, which could put them in danger too!

My husband and I decided to pray and continue on in the mission of our day.  He would probably be late getting home, and I had a big business event planned that night which would surely have to be rescheduled.  But our first thoughts were of our children, grand children and other family members. I told him I would contact everyone, and reach him later on that day, as this was a time before everyone carried cell phones!

As I hung up from that call, I began hearing all the stories that could not be confirmed with the true facts.  Everything was happening so fast, and as I worked to reach all our family, it took longer than usual to make the phone connections. As I completed my list, and assured them we were fine, I wanted to make sure each one of them knew how much I loved them. That was the one key element on my mind and in my heart.

The next thing on my list was to contact the lady in charge of our business event, and see what her thoughts were. She worked at a hospital, and it took me a long while to reach her. When I finally contacted her, she advised she had been in touch with all who were on the agenda, and our guests, and they all wanted to still have the event. She asked me would I consider doing it instead of being at home with my family?

What a choice!  I know some of you might not agree with my decision, but I felt I needed to be there.  I contacted my husband and he felt the same way.

My list completed I spent the day preparing for that evening, and eagerly watching the TV as the scene developed for all the world to see.

I learned there were more planes involved and that our Pentagon had been hit and more lives lost there too. Then it became personal and real as we learned that another plane, which had probably been headed to our capital, had crashed in Pennsylvania.  Brave Americans on board that plane had stormed the terrorists and were able to bring the plane down before it reached its’ deadly destination.  All lives were lost including a stewardess, Sandy Bradshaw, whom I was honored to know, and lived here in Greensboro, not far from my home.

The questions of: How could this be?  Why? What do we do now? all raced through my mind!

But I knew I had to go on and see how I could help others that were gathering as planned for our business event.  Prepared as I thought I was, I could not imagine the events that night would bring.

I arrived early and so did everyone else. It was like the people needed a safe place to be with those they cared about.  We agreed to have TV coverage on during our event, since there was so much still not known. Our meeting was scaled down to the basics, but it ended up with most of us sharing our true emotions and stories with one another.

Business did get done that night, but also hearts were healed, and many lives were changed!  I remember the Mom who was still attempting to get in touch with her Marine son, the daughter whose Dad was a local responder and was heading to the scene, and the sister who had just gotten the news that her brother was involved and was missing, later to learn he gave his life.

I saw people hug one another, pray openly for each other (even at a business setting), and share a time that many of us had never faced before.

This is the day one doesn’t forget. I don’t ever want to. It was a Tuesday, the same as today; but I saw our country rise up in unity, and each of us make a choice to not let this defeat the spirit of love, trust, and faith in our God.

Since that day we have been through a lot. Not everyone is in agreement, but one thing is for certain: we are still here, and live in a free country that has been bought with the blood of our Lord, and others who defend our right to be free!  I will never forget, and am more thankful and grateful for what we stand for! How about you?

God Bless America!

 “Simply” Sue