Have the Happiest of Holidays!

Yesterday, I attended a memorial service even though I had no personal relationship with the person who had recently passed. In fact, I had never had the pleasure of even meeting this person. Yet I chose to pay my respects because I’ve known the family for years and am especially friendly with certain specific family members to whom I wanted to demonstrate the depth of my care and support. Out of respect for their privacy during this difficult time, I’ll not name them here – but I’d like to share some lessons I took away from such a poignant event.

Some would say a death at this time of year – during the holidays – is an especially tragic event…and there certainly was a lot of sadness shown there. Sadness is an unavoidable element of an event such as a memorial service. But there was also a lot of stories, laughter and most importantly…love.

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During the ceremony – the officiant had the great-grandchildren and grandchildren of the family rise for all to see. It was an impressive number who stood. Then he had the full family rise – it was easily 25-30% of the entirety of all whom were present.

Have the Happiest of Holidays 2019

He then asked the family, who had all been seated at the front, to turn around and face the rest of those attending and asked the remaining larger group of attendees rise. The message was a visible and clear one – look at all of the people that have come to show their support and love for this family in their time of need. Logically, we all may have known these lessons. But to see it presented visually drives the point home… We are not a rock…we are not an island…we are a family, a community.

And so today, I resolve to let all who read this know that each of you are very meaningful to me. This website and my efforts to uncover stories, which at times can be extreme…are at all times done for you and only you, the reader.

So Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanzaa…or whatever your holiday of celebratory preference is…please accept my wishes for a holiday filled with as much love, closeness, support and communal caring as I witnessed yesterday. Family is at the center of the meaning of the circle of life…hug your family members a little tighter this year…

HAVE THE HAPPIEST OF HOLIDAYS…from Strata-gee.com, the SYNCH, The Stratecon Group, and me!

About Ted

A sales and marketing specialist - primarily in the technology industry - I've experienced a sort of "circle of life" in business. I've been a mass merchant retailer, a specialty retailer, a specialty manufacturer, a large volume manufacturer, a distributor, and even represented sales representatives. Now the owner of a marketing company that works with a variety of businesses on improving their strategic marketing and business development - I analyze issues from all angles to develop holistic solutions.

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Have the Happiest of Holidays! — 7 Comments

  1. Ted,
    From our family to yours Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, I am very fortunate to say I have been friends with you for over 30 years, you truly are one of the Best !!!
    Sincerely
    Shawn

  2. Hi Ted,
    Your personal story speaks volumes to the type of person you are!
    Keep up your great reporting; I’ve enjoyed reading every article.
    Happy Holidays,
    Peter

  3. Dear Ted:
    I am grateful for your news letter, Thank You. Have attempted to invite you to Javits Convention Center to see our exhibit during the AES/NAB, and the Park Lane for the New York Audio Show. All my efforts at contact have gone unanswered.

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