NO to NC

Dearest Friends and Colleagues,

As a proud veteran of the home furnishings and interior design industries, I am

saddened, angered, and bewildered by the lack of action to boycott and defeat the

HB2 bill in North Carolina. Arguably, one of the most important industries in the

state with the power to make a difference, the home furnishings / interior design

industry leaders are remarkably silent in the face of such blatant discrimination.

With discrimination, it matters not who the targeted group is, as discrimination

lacks boundaries and eventually leaks everywhere. The LGBT community

is richly represented in our industries and has contributed so much to our

successes. They need and deserve our voices standing with them and against a law that is

about more than ‘just bathrooms’. I implore the industry leaders and members to speak

up, stand up, and even not show up at HP Market as a courageous stand against

discrimination in North Carolina. When this bill is defeated, I look forward to

returning to High Point Market.

Thank you Patrick J Hamilton for your stand and your demand…you inspired me.

In solidarity,                                LGBT Supportive

Jody G Seivert

One by One

Love and Mercy

For everyone, everywhere
It’s a lovely movie and song…and fodder for a perspective to bring to your work and your customers and clients.
Is not the same as like. You don’t have to and won’t like all of your customers, co-workers, employees or employer. Like has something to do with them and their personality, behavior, ethics…all sorts of things that contribute to them being likable and to your response to them. It’s always a good idea to consider that the people you like and don’t like has as much to do with you as it has to do with them.
Just think about that without reacting and defending…just for a moment. :)
Love is from your heart. It’s a place to operate from with everyone, especially those you don’t like or are drawn to, align with, in sync with. It’s especially helpful when the interaction gets a little sideways when it’s easy to react.
Merriam-Webster defines mercy as – kind or forgiving treatment of someone who could be treated harshly, kindness or help given to people who are in a very bad or desperate situation.
Everyone has something that they are struggling with, something that they don’t share with everyone and yet it informs their day and captures their thoughts and feelings. Some are better at managing particular challenges than others. And when people are making decisions that impact their income, their homes, their work lives, often without all of the skills or information to be confident and competent, they may not be operating from a powerful place.
Grant them mercy from your place of generous humanity.
Thank you Brian Wilson for the inspiration.
Now, go sell something.