Letter from the President

December 2013

'Tis The Season

This will be the last newsletter for 2013 and I want to roll up my thoughts about all of you and this team.

I am so grateful for this place to work. I am grateful for our culture, our clients, our employees and our success. This place (FSE) is a source of purpose and provision for hundreds of families. I felt impressed at Thanksgiving to send an email to my family, friends, and business associates expressing my gratitude for their involvement and influence in my life. I did not have every FSE employees' email address so many of you did not receive this email. So, when I approached this newsletter article I thought, what a great time to share this with all the FSE family. All of you fall into one of the categories addressed in this email.

I feel impressed to not only be thankful this thanksgiving, but to actually thank someone. I believe we were not meant to live life alone. I am fortunate to have many friends, family and colleagues that assure that, not only do I not have to live life alone, but their presence in my life brings me much joy and fulfillment. I say all this to let you know that if you are a recipient of this email - I am thankful for you and want to take a moment to express a personal thank you for all you bring to my life.

To all my friends and family, I want to thank you for the richness you bring to my life. Your love and support fills up my heart and makes me smile. I see hope in your eyes and the future in your children. Even when we are apart you are always in my heart and on my mind.

To all those who work with me and for me, I want to thank you for your commitment to excellence and the way you care about our clients, each other and for me. All of us together contribute to a positive force in the lives of many people that is equal to an amount far greater than the sum of all of us. All of you are special and significant with great talent and purpose.

To all those who comprise my support group, I want to thank you for the care and expertise you bless me with. We live in an increasingly complex world and your contribution to my life brings me confidence as you help me do things right and do the right things. I am fortunate to know each one of you.

Finally, I want to encourage all of you to thank someone this thanksgiving. We do not live alone. We all have people in our lives that make us richer in many things other than money - people that make us wiser, more productive, more generous and, yes, more grateful.

THANK YOU for being a part of my life and blessing me with your many gifts and talents; you are significant and appreciated.

I really believe that Christmas is founded on the principle that someone saw a great need that could not be met by anyone but them. They went far out of their way to meet that need. In fact, they set aside all they were entitled to for a chance to right a wrong and make peace and bring hope.

If we are grateful, we too, can commit ourselves to finding a need, righting a wrong, making peace and bringing hope. Let this time of the year stir up in our hearts great compassion, great generosity and great love. If you are having trouble feeling love this Christmas time, remember that the most affective love is not a feeling but an action. Let's look for ways we can do kindness, generosity, patience, encouragement and humility. These virtues are the ways that love most effectively shows up regardless of what time of the year it is.

I want to challenge all of us to do two things during this Christmas season. First, pay someone a compliment and praise them for something they have blessed you with during the year regardless of how small it may seem. This will kindle a sense of value and significance in that person. Second, do something generous for someone who has no means to repay you. Generosity transforms the smallest kindnesses into large amounts of grace and produces hope in those who give it and receive it.

You are my most favorite people. Be blessed with purpose, peace, provision and protection this holiday season and have a wonderful, prosperous New Year.