By: Gary K. Pino, FMP This past Friday, all of the IDO Associates gathered together at our Firm Principal – Jill Mendoza’s house to celebrate our annual Christmas party. Although I was late for the party because of a prior commitment (i.e., a hockey game with all of my Eli Lilly hockey buddies), we made it just in time to scarf down a delicious dinner. But the two biggest (2) highlights of the evening were:
- being in the company of my co-working Associates and
- our hilarious White Elephant (gag) gift exchange
Obviously, mingling and talking about this past year’s peaks and valleys popped up occasionally but the thing that stood out the most to me was the strong bond that existed between all of my IDO Incorporated colleagues. This got me to thinking about how lucky I felt right then and there to have my awesome family, faith and friends surrounding me. So, I came across an inspirational invocation that I wanted to share with you at this perfect time of the year … Lord, I’d like to take a few minutes to really give thanks to what we’re thankful for … For our family, our health, a nice soft bed Our friends, our freedom, a roof over our heads We’re thankful right now to be surrounded by all of our wonderful spouses and friends, whose lives positively touch us in oh so many ways We are so thankful Lord, that You have blessed us beyond measure We are ever so thankful, that in our hearts – lives life’s greatest treasure That You, dear Jesus, reside in that place And we are ever so grateful for Your unending grace So please, heavenly Father, bless each and every person here tonight … and thank you for all that You have provided us. O God, when we have food, help us to remember the hungry; When we have work, help us to remember the jobless; When we have a home, help us to remember those who have no home at all; When we are without pain, help us to remember those who suffer, And in remembering, help us to destroy our complacency; bestir our compassion, and be concerned enough to help others; By word and deed, for those who cry out for what we take for granted. Happy Holidays 2012 and Happy New Year 2013 … and here’s to your health, happiness, growth and prosperity. P.S. Wouldn’t you know it, I was the one who got the dreaded ‘Buffalos’ as my gag gift but Brownsburg’s Picasso (Joe Metallic) saved me by stealing them away … now, I just can’t wait to see the end result of his creative Buffalo painting artwork.