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What are You Thankful For?

As today is Thanksgiving, I am reminded of all that I have to be grateful for. I have truly had a blessed life…a wonderful family, fabulous interesting friends, a great career traveling the world and studying other cultures.  I live in a country where I am free to vote and practice whatever religion I prefer.  I can speak out about whatever I choose to speak about.

I truly learned to appreciate all of this when I lived in South Africa during apartheid and witnessed the lack of freedoms and rights of many people…rights that we Americans often take for granted.

One year when I was in South Africa a friend attempted to make a traditional dinner for me and I so loved her for doing it. I was a long way from home and my family and she made the day really special.  It wasn’t anything like what we make, but it was really good.  As they don’t get turkey in the markets until Christmas, we had Cornish game hens. Since they don’t have real pumpkin like ours, they call their squash “pumpkin” so she made a pumpkin pie from squash and put chocolate sprinkles on top.  It certainly had an unusual flavor.

Another year, I had dinner with some other friends who heated the cranberry sauce and poured it over vanilla ice cream for dessert.  That was a real surprise to me, but actually it tasted quite good.

My most memorable Thanksgiving was the year I was speaking in Dubai for the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and my client actually had a turkey flown in so he and his family could make Thanksgiving dinner for me.  They invited all the Americans they knew and we all cooked and enjoyed dinner together.

It’s times like these when I realize that people around the world are people who are just like us…who want to have peace, happiness, and the love of their families and friends.  This year, I am thankful for my health, for overcoming cancer, and for still being able to speak, write and touch people’s lives in a positive way.

Judi Moreo is an International Award-winning Motivational Speaker, Best-selling Author, Corporate Trainer and Executive Coach. Known as “The Charismatic Communicator” Judi is one of the most in-demand speakers on motivation, communication skills, and personal development in the world. She is the author of mewly revised You Are More Than Enough and is the publisher of both the Life Choices book series and Choices magazine as well as the host of the popular Choices with Judi Moreo internet radio show. To book Judi Moreo click here: https://bit.ly/2Orosec

Happy May Day!

murielThis week “Simply” Sue Speaks! Global Booking Agency received the greatest award and gift of a lifetime! I received a poem written by the well-known poet, Muriel Hoff, about our company!

Meet Muriel! She is an awesome lady I met through a community event we hosted.  She is 92 years young, and has published 3 books of poetry, won numerous awards, and is working on her fourth book-perhaps her memoirs! Her life evolved from being a “legal secretary” to Wife, Mom, Grandmother, Leader in her community, and an accomplished writer and poet. She is very active, attends events, and loves to have people all around her.

When I visited with Muriel this week I saw her eyes light up when she said: ” I was thinking of you this week, and the great solutions you are offering with the great talent you represent, and I wrote this for you. It’s not much, but hope it will encourage and keep you going!”

When I looked at the short piece of work she handled to me, I realized the effort and thoughtfulness that had gone into making this for me!  Muriel does not use a computer, she chooses to type on her old Smith-Carona typewriter. But she does have a copier by her typewriter, so she can make copies of her work without having to use carbon paper!

I was honored to receive this poem and thought you might enjoy reading it too!

I can book you a speaker
anytime, anywhere, anyplace.

Our speakers are bright,
they will light up your life.

We can fulfill your every need.
Yes indeed, yes indeed, yes indeed!

I am sure our Talent we represent here at “Simply” Sue Speaks! Global Booking Agency can live up to this poem, and know I will keep going to find those events where they can “light up your life, anytime, anywhere, anyplace!”

Thanks, Muriel Hoff for making everything in my life so worth it!

Sue Falcone
Owner: “Simply” Sue Speaks! Global Booking Agency

Is Living Thankful a Part of Your Life Plan?

livingthankfulWhat does being thankful really mean?  How does it affect our lives and businesses?  Let’s hear about a lady that is the role model of living a life of thankfulness.

Meet Miss Margaret: who in her span of 94 years has seen many changes including the death of her husband and child, and has focused her whole life on being thankful and grateful for it all! She loves God, family, flowers, and serving others. Her large family cherish her as the core of their lives. Enduring strokes, physical pain, and heartache, she lives a life work of serving others and giving thanks.

Seeing the world through a different set of blue eyes, Miss Margaret has chosen not to have a computer, iPhone, or a social media platform!  Her information system is radio, TV, reading books, magazines, newspapers, prayer, and sharing face to face time with others! She dedicates herself to making a difference and is not a complainer but a winner!

Miss Margaret loves being in control of her day, (even though she has to use a walker, and has a nurse nearby)! She answers her own phone, door, and keeps track of her financial statements. Originally from Ohio, she has lived all over the country following her husband’s corporate career; and has a sharp memory and shares the adventures as if they were yesterday!

Recently we visited Miss Margaret taking her flowers and a big balloon! We were greeted at the door with a big hug and kiss. Spending time in her kitchen where she can keep check on the weather and neighborhood by viewing it through her bay window, and hearing about what her family was doing and what they had planned for Thanksgiving made us realize what living thankful is all about! No mention of herself, but focusing on what she wanted to know about our lives and business.

As we left she invited us back and said we still needed to go out for lunch soon! Getting into our car, we had just been given a dose of hope and joy, which we could take into our lives and share! We had not missed having the TV on, or our iPhones drawn in hand, or the iPad out to show her what she was missing!

Today we received a Thanksgiving card with a hand written note thanking us for the visit, flowers and that awesome balloon!  She reminded us of lunch soon, and how she enjoyed seeing us!

What can we learn from Miss Margaret about having a successful business and life?  It’s all about keeping it personal, real, and focused on the important things. Putting others first and keeping it simple to be able to handle the many needs of life. Miss Margaret knows living a life of thankfulness is one of the reasons she is still here to enjoy each day-do you?

We here at “Simply” Sue Speaks! Global Booking Agency wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving time. We are thankful for our many clients, and for the opportunity to represent awesome speakers! As we plan for a new business year, we will be making thankfulness an important part of our business plan, and learn more ways of doing so, how about you?

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