MEMORIAL DAY IS ABOUT REMEMBERING THOSE THAT GAVE!

2014 Memorial DayMemorial Day is about remembering soldiers that gave their lives to protect the United States.  It is also about remembering the service men and women that are currently on post.  We rely on their commitment and dedication.  Many of us take it for granted.  Many Americans simply feel that these men and women get paid a salary and are merely doing the job their getting paid to do.  But, how many civilians are getting paid to put their lives on the line?  They are giving of themselves in a manner which is much much more than some folks give them credit for.

In general, it is so important for all of us to give “before” we need something in return.  I recently read an article about Social Debt by Mark Synek.  Mark wrote that social debt “is the act of doing something valuable for someone without being asked…a way of making yourself memorable to your connections”.  Mark’s article “What if you lose your job?” emphasized the importance of doing valuable things for your connections before you may need them.  It’s important for job hunters and for business owners who are engaged in business development.

It’s common sense and many of us were taught this when we were children.  But, I’m amazed at the fact that few adults make time to do it.

Here are three (3) ways you can give back and pay your Social Debt:

  1. volunteer with charitable organizations.  For example, I help the Pullman Foundation because they gave me an undergraduate scholarship and they help underprivileged youth who live in the community I went to high school in.  I review scholarship application essays for them.  It takes a few hours of my time.

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By Clovia Hamilton, President of Lemongrass Consulting Inc.

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