Who’s Missing?

“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.”

— George Santayana, The Life of Reason

Ever watch co-workers try to figure out who’s missing so they can start a meeting? It always takes a few seconds to remember that Fred is on vacation or Sally is home sick.

Our get well card for a fellow Toastmaster who is sick. I hope she understands we miss her.

A lot of groups are like that, also. Whether it’s a club like Rotary or Toastmasters, a group of friends at a bar, or a recreation softball team, we have a hard time recognizing the missing person.

There is one group, though, that always knows who’s missing – a family. Whether it’s the loss of a loved one, or the hole left by a college-bound child, everyone knows when a family member is gone.

If you want your club or office to be more like a family, take a moment at your next meeting to see who’s missing. If someone is absent unexpectedly, give a little time to drop them an email or make a phone call and let them know they’re missed.

A family always knows who’s missing.

Yesterday’s gift of time … Brought a get-well card to our Toastmasters meeting and asked everyone to sign it for a member who has come down with whooping cough. 

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About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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