Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Power of Citizenship and Community

by Julie Escobar

As I sat down to write this week’s article sharing tips and tools for you, all of our terrific clients and customers I couldn’t help but feel:  Wow.  What a week.  

As a long-time Florida resident and a Virginia girl before that — I’ve seen my fair share of storms. So, like most of you,  I waited, worried and today I feel for all of our friends, family and loved ones in the Northeast’s wake of Hurricane Sandy.  It’s unbelievable how forever changed so many people will be.  The “Frankenstorm” of the century certainly lived up to it’s name and left our neighbors to the North in dire straights, coping with tragic loss of life, property and lifetimes worth of precious mementos.

As they sort through next steps and new beginnings, it is heartening to people helping people.  Store owners opening their damaged doors to let people charge their phones and get word to families.  First responders doing what they do best — courageously helping others get out of harm’s way, while more often than not putting themselves in it.  Strangers opening their homes to families displaced and folks pouring into disaster areas from all over the globe to lend a hand.  It reminds us that we’re all here to do just that:  help one another.  Share kindnesses.  Common courtesies.  Shelter from storms.

One of the things I appreciate most about the sales professionals I’ve come to know, admire and call friends through the years is their ability to CONNECT.  To reach OUT.  To make people their top priority.  More than the commission check.  More than the market share.  More than a ‘means to an end.’  They champion their community, are curators of their markets and advocates for the citizens in the neighborhoods and communities they serve.  They get it.  It’s about the PEOPLE.  And that’s how it should be right?

So this week, instead of talking about all the solutions and strategies we can help you with I thought maybe we should focus on those who really need us most – our friends, colleagues, and neighbors in the Northeast.  From everything I’m seeing the American Red Cross is the best place to put your resources if you can’t be ‘feet and hands on the ground’ help.  To learn more about how to help those affected by this lethal storm, please visit their site at http://www.redcross.org/.

From our entire ProspectsPLUS! family, thank you.  Have a safe rest of the week.  As always, we’re here if you need us.