Tis the Season
By John Helms, President
As an agent, December has always been a special month. Aside from the holidays which are special in themselves, it is a time when everything winds down. At some point there is nothing more we can do but wrap up the last few cases and leave the rest for next year. When I had fewer clients, I would pass out gifts and personally thank everyone. It is a pleasure to talk for once about something other than business. In years gone past, absolutely nobody wanted to talk about insurance between Christmas and New Year's so that was the time when I would just relax and reflect on the previous year, good and bad, and then make plans for the next.
Like some quaint Norman Rockwell picture, those Decembers of years gone past seem like an idealized distant memory now. Not only do we have a whole year's worth of activity crammed into the 4
th quarter, but the end of the year now drags on until February or March. I can say with absolute certainty, that this has been the busiest time in my 30 year career. And while it is better than the alternative, the stress and pressure wears on everyone.
All that having been said, this is truly the time to remember what is important. Whatever your faith or how you celebrate the holidays, it is still time to give thanks and remind ourselves why we keep doing what we do. In spite of all the challenges, this year wasn't really so bad and hopefully the next will be better.