Thinking and Living Outside the Box – Politics Included

| October 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

I’ve recently come to the realization that I need to share the fact that I think and live outside the box. My entire life has been that way, because I choose to live this way. And, because of my lifestyle, I get to experience the world with an enhanced set of eyes, ears and feelers.

I am writing this article from a hotel in Chicago, Illinois, after having dinner with business associates. One of the associates is someone I’ve known for over 25 years. He has operated a San Diego based company I used to be a consultant for (providing marketing and public relations support for his company). Over the last several years, I helped him through the sale of his company.

Today I was attending and participating in a major trade show (which I’ve done for many years) for this same company. Today I was talking to SC Johnson and Weiman sales and marketing associates about their businesses and desire to know more about the company I was representing. I chuckle tonight knowing that as the world gets bigger, it also gets smaller.

So, you may wonder, what am I doing? Many people ask, but I thought Patty Ducey-Brooks was the publisher and editor for the Presidio Sentinel.

Yes I am. However, I wear a lot of hats. When I started this newspaper 16+ years ago, I was also providing marketing and public relations services to lots of clients. I wore lots of hats then and do today.

And, I travel extensively around the country, which allows me to talk to a lot of people about their businesses, including major companies like SC Johnson and Weiman, and smaller businesses like Motsenbocker’s Lift Off, the San Diego based company that I have worked with throughout the years.

My travels and my connections are a constant reminder that the world provides lots of opportunities to grow, experience and make a difference…each and every day.

And, I am reminded that what we say, how we act and what we do is a statement of our core attributes and attitudes, beliefs and character.

Which brings me to a very important point, during this election time I’ve seen people act in ways I thought were both immature and irresponsible. Which is a sign of our current culture. It’s not healthy and it’s not positive.

So, when we observe someone acting in a manner that we feel is unacceptable do we echo and act in the same manner, or do we act respectable and set a new tone that others can emulate?

My position is that we need to act respectable and set a new tone, a positive tone. Because that’s what proactive people do.

In this issue of the Presidio Sentinel, my friend George Mitrovich, did not set a proactive tone. And, by his actions, I believe he emulated others who he criticized. I disagree with that statement and that tone because I believe it “feeds the negative energy we hope or intend to eliminate.”

We can do better, and we will do better if we as a society challenge each and every one of us “to think outside the box” to become better human beings who live each day to make the world a better place to live, work and play.

Every day in my worldly travels that’s what I hear people say that’s what they strive for. With that thought, I’m reminded of a quote by someone I’ve never met, yet truly respect, she said:

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” — Anne Frank.

So, I encourage All of YOU to think outside the box and set the tone for a better world, a positive world that creates great statements and actions for the good of all humankind.

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