Reflecting on 2015

Every day, every week, and every year we laugh, we think, we remember. Things happen to us that are funny, rude, or down right upsetting. Reflecting on them, we laugh them off. Things happen that cause us to think about ourselves, our job, our future. Reflecting on them makes us better. Things happen that cause us to remember the past. Reflecting on memories about family and friends can be bittersweet.

Things We Just Plain Laugh Off

  • When you wake up and think it is Saturday, but it’s only Friday.
  • After washing your hands and face, you find the rest room is out of paper towels.
  • People who say, “I may be stupid but…”
  • Mail stamped “You may already be a winner!”
  • People who constantly use the phrase “You know…”
  • Drivers who speed up to prevent you from passing.
  • Calling out to someone you think you know, but it’s not them.
  • When the only ATM around is out of order.
  • Waking up in the middle of a good dream.
  • When you barely miss the traffic light.
  • Paying for air for your tires.
  • When the next rest area is twenty miles away.
  • Discovering a seat is wet after you sit down.
  • People who say “awesome” to describe everything.
  • A family at a restaurant who are all fixed on their phones.
  • People who start sentences with “Don’t take this the wrong way, but…”

Things the Magazine Gave Us to Think About

  • “The roadmap used by eBay to help retailers address ORC problems should be adopted by other online companies. Engagement and partnership always leads to a better solution.” – Scott Sanford, Barnes & Noble
  • “I think there are still companies out there that are focused primarily on malicious activity. The progressive folks out there today, however, are looking at total loss.” – Mike Limauro, Weis Markets
  • “I was surprised to find that many of the AP executives were a lot like Mike Lamb. I was pleasantly surprised that most of them are exceptional. I’m continuously impressed by their professionalism, their thoughtfulness, and their thought leadership.” – Lisa LaBruno, RILA
  • “I never think of myself as a “female LP executive,” I just think of myself as an “LP executive.” I don’t separate one from the other. I can’t tell anyone how to succeed as a female in loss prevention because I only know how to succeed as a person.” – Melissa Mitchell, LifeWay Christian Stores
  • “Hiring a consultant is a good investment. The right consultant is worth his weight in gold when you’re looking at making multi-million dollar procurements.” – Bob DiLonardo

Things That Cause Us to Remember

This time of year brings us many holidays. Two of my personal favorites are Thanksgiving and Veterans Day.

  • Best wishes to each of your families and enjoy the time together. Photos at Thanksgiving dinner table are special memories.
  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to those present and past LP professionals and vendors who are fighting health issues. There by the grace of God go you or me.
  • A special tribute and thank you to our friends and relatives who wore a uniform proudly. Is there a better calling than to have served our country?

We laugh, we think, we remember.

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