Last year at this time we shared some of the following thoughts with you learned from many good people over the years. Hope you find them helpful as we approach the New Year:
It is not necessarily important what you bring to the table, but instead, what you leave behind.
We cannot always control the events or happenings in our lives, but we can control how we react to them. Never lose sight of that thought!
If you are troubled about something, put it aside until the next day if possible, as a good night’s sleep will normally improve your outlook.
Regardless of your rank or number of years on the job, reach out to others around you and share your experience and training. Each of you has something to offer.
The CFD has a great number of new folks that are working to find their places in the organization. Be a mentor and offer them your support and constructive criticism. Remember, we were all new at this once in our lives. Think about your personal experiences then and who affected your life in a positive way.
We all believe, or believed, in our careers, that we did it better than anyone else, but in reality, you guys and girls are doing it much better, and much safer than we did, and the ones who come after you will hopefully be safer and more prepared because of your contributions.
Be kind with your criticism as it may be your turn in the saddle tomorrow.
Hope all of you have a safe and Happy New Year’s Eve. We are looking forward to continuing our work with you in 2011!