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Maggie Milne

Your daughter's comments are right on! I've been wondering about the relevance of traditions and is the world as we knew it being translated into the thoughts and actions of this generation?

November marks the 20th anniversary of my speaking and coaching business. When my partner asked how I would celebrate, he laughed and asked if I was going to have a sale? That got me thinking... how could someone who sells an "intangible" mark the occasion?

I decided to publish an Honor Roll of the 12 people who had made the most impact on my career and personal life over the past 20 years. The long list contained 95 people, all signficant in some way. The short list's honorees were people who had asked the right question at the right time, or offered words of advice/mentoring, or opportunities to grow. I never expected the wealth of responses, nor the surprise that I would take the time to say "thanks". What has happened to our tradition of honoring our elders, our supporters and families?

As one honoree responded today, "You are a ray of sunshine in an often dark business world. We do not often stop and say thank you to the people around us for what they share with us and mean to us.

What a unique and wonderful idea you have with your honour roll. Of course, as the Idea Sculptor, it is a perfect reflection of who you are.

Thank you for including me, I am truly touched and humbled."

Most traditions do not cost much. They just take some time.

Kelli Burns

I'm a former Elon professor (School of Communications). If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them. It is a wonderful school. You can email me. Always happy to help. For those not familiar with Elon, it has some lovely traditions. At a freshman convocation ceremony (a great tradition on its own), they give each freshman an acorn. At graduation, graduates receive a small oak tree. The school's symbol is an oak (Elon is the Hebrew word for Oak) and the acorn/tree symbolize the growth in those four years. They also have a break in Tuesday's schedule where students, faculty and staff meet near the main fountain for a buffet breakfast (called College Coffee). This happens every Tuesday throughout the school year.

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