The Friday News Minute!

A weekly gem of information you will be using on Monday!

Published by Andrew Sanderbeck

Managing Partner of The People~Connect Institute

I really enjoy visiting my wife's family in Maryland. Her brother and his family have a beautiful home on the Severn River and we often take one of their boats out for an afternoon ride to Sherwood Forest or to the waters adjacent to the Naval Academy. On my first visit to their home I was pleasantly surprised to see a sign hanging up on the wall in the downstairs bathroom that read:

"If you're lucky enough to live on the water, you're lucky enough!"

I must admit that I feel the same way about living in the mountains. Everyday that I am home, I look out my office window to an incredible view above the tops of many of the trees. It is such a different view at this height and I am not accustomed to it yet. I think I find so much enjoyment in this view because it reminds me that there is alot of things to notice above my normal ground level view.

It is with that thought in mind, that I give you this week's Friday News Minute.

Take a Look Up!

When my wife and I were on excursion in the city of Funchal, Island of Maderia, Portugal, we walked around the beuatiful city and fell in love with the Eurpoean architecture, the cozy side streets, sidewalk cafe's and shops. We also noticed that many of the buildings had window boxes filled with flowers in bloom. If we hadn't looked up...we would have missed them.

As we were walking back to ship, we looked up and saw a "Sky Tram" with its miles of cables stretching out above us as far as our eyes could see. "How did we miss it?", I thought to myself. It was right there all along. We missed it...because we didn't look up.

After the crusie had ended is Savona, Italy, we boarded a bus for a 3 hour ride to Milan. The Crowne Plaza hotel we stayed at was in a rather remote neighborhood area outside of town near Malpensa airport. It was not until the next morning that I noticed something when I looked up: The snow covered mountains of Torino. What an incredible sight to see!

Are you looking up? Is there an experience that you could be missing? The other day I saw a huge cloud in the sky that looked like an angel with her beautiful wings spread apart. I wondered how many people actually looked up to see it.

So take a look up every once and a while and see some things that you might have been missing! 

Andrew Sanderbeck