I hope you are enjoying this Thanksgiving weekend as best you can. I know it’s been a more challenging one and/or "different" for many; check out last week's Attitude of Gratitude essay for inspiration to focus on the positive wherever possible - it really helps! And it’s the only thing we have control over.

This week's note is short and sweet. It just so happens today is Black Friday and although this PGG was written in 2011, it could not be any more relevant nine years later.

And in the spirit of meaningful expenditures, I am offering 20% off my coaching services from now until 12/20/20 (but you can use through 1/31/21). It’s a great opportunity to invest in yourself and/or give as a gift to others as we navigate this massively transformative time. I can help you make sense of what has transpired and clarify what you should be focusing on going forward. I'll also be offering an interactive talk (tentatively scheduled for Dec. 15th) called The Year that was 2020: Review, Revel & Recalibrate. Stay tuned for additional updates about these and other offers coming next week!

Today's PGG Video of the Week reminds us to be grateful year round, or check out this one about contemplating the new year. This week's Instagram post talks about how a special indigenous tribe understands our interconnectedness, and this one if you are just feeling overwhelmed with everything right now. For something a little more in-depth for my thoughts on personal growth, communication and healing, check out this podcast style interview with Rick Young of What's in Your Hand Radio Show.

Lastly, if you look forward to and benefit from these weekly missives and PGG essays and want to show your gratitude, any donations for my efforts are welcome and appreciated here: And as always, please feel free to contact me with any comments about anything.

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P.S. Need a some extra support to help navigate your career and life at this time? For info about working with me check out the website for my individual coaching services.

And in case you missed these, you can read my PGGs that specifically address the current crisis: Quality Control: How to make the best of these times of quarantine and questioning, How to cope with (and benefit from) what you can’t see during the time of corona, United We Stand and Anatomy of Awareness. You can also check out The Pain of Being, which talks about the George Floyd/BLM protests. Feel free to share those links (or any others) with anyone who could benefit.
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Originally published on December 14, 2011

We should be evolving into a new age of business with a worldview that maintains one simple proposition – that all of nature, humans, animals, earth, are interconnected and interdependent. ~ Anita Roddick

Throughout the past few years it’s become even more apparent that the physical glue that binds us together, whether we like it or not, is money, finance, trade. Between the crumbling of our economy and Europe’s, and thus the world’s, we’ve watched as the powers that be attempt to patch it all together with rubber bands and bubble gum both here and abroad in order to prevent a full-on global collapse. The technological revolution, increasing demands on natural resources, wars, extreme weather and earth changes also remind us that at this point in history we are inextricably linked and will only to continue to be so.

The good news is that the rise of social entrepreneurship and demand for corporate social responsibility, along with the accompanying interest from newly minted and currently enrolled MBA’s, even mega-companies like WalMart are being pushed, whether by internal, external or a combination of both forces, to do better and be better. They are expected to make a profit and serve the world community at large as well as minimize, mitigate or eradicate any negative impact of their core business. We’ve got a long way to go, but it’s a start, whether or not the intention/motivation is purely altruistic.

But that is only half of the equation, as the deeper currency that holds us together is our common humanity. Because at the end of the day, we all bleed the same blood and breathe the same air, and when stripped to our core, generally want the same things during our time on this planet: to live a life that has purpose and meaning and to love and be loved in return.

So this holiday season be a little more conscious with the way you are spending your “cash,” both physically and emotionally, and reflect for a moment on the repercussions of each expenditure. What are you giving, who is that purchase affecting, and what is the receiver ultimately receiving? What kind of present can do double duty, last year round, or even a lifetime? Remember it really IS the thought that counts and should demonstrate love for the recipient, regardless of the price tag.

Want a gift for yourself (or someone you love) that keeps on giving? Give me a buzz and I’ll help you (or your loved one) discover what your personal gift is and how you can give more of it to your work, your family, your relationships and the world at large!

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