Smack Dab in the Middle of Life: ‘Twas the Night Before the Annual Shareholder Meeting

‘Twas the night before the annual shareholder meeting, and all through the house the CPAs were stirring, thinking about the shareholder Chair named Klaus. The financial reports were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that their yearend bonuses would soon appear, so their cups could be filled with some well-deserved beer.

The employees were nestled all snug in their cubes, many working very hard, and others on YouTube. They watched their leaders racing around like chickens with their heads cut off and thinking to themselves that those leaders probably need some time to blow some steam off. Just like Paul Revere, the leaders were screaming, “The shareholder meeting is coming! The shareholder meeting is coming!” as they were fuming around, most looking like they were just about to drown. 

While visions of being a senior leader seemed like a plum, with the shareholder meeting now approaching, everyone was numb. The next day appeared; as the shareholder’s meeting came, the executives were floated in just like the Macy’s Parade.

At just the right moment, ol’ Saint Klaus struck the gavel upon the table, and soon began all that corporate babble. Earning this and cost-saving that, how can we grow faster than this pitter pat? At times it gets contentious with all the eggnog flowing; most of the leaders are thinking, “I wish I could just get going.”

Before they knew it, the meeting was over. The executives shook hands saying, “I hope I didn’t blow it.” You see, even executives have a kid inside talking to them, much like me as I wrote this po-em. Safe for another quarter, the leaders breathe with a sigh, but don’t sigh too long; the next meeting is coming very soon along. 

My Wish for You This Season

Of course, this is a satirical look at meetings leaders sometimes need to prepare for. How they do it is nothing short of a miracle. If you are like most people in the corporate world, you can empathize. If not, just close your eyes and begin to fantasize. As the year is coming to its end with the holidays in full bloom, I thank you all who make work and life go vroom vroom. From the newest employee to the senior-most leader, I wish you a very happy holiday season and a healthy new year for many reasons.

For those of you who are out of work, hang in there. Try to find some holiday cheer. Better times are coming, my dear. Maybe you are in business for yourself and have been knocked around. I say to you, have faith in yourself. Next year you will rebound. As a new year brings hope, dreams, and a blank canvas, go write your own story. Maybe you will find yourself on an episode of Maury. I hope each of you gets what you are looking for and maybe even finds some glory.  

Ho Ho Ho, let’s go, Rudolph! We got places to go and people to see. Let me get in the sleigh. Oh, no, now where is my key? To my family, coworkers, and friends like you, I am thankful for all that you do. Now that this article is ending, I leave you with one more wish: to go rest a little, love a little, and laugh a little during these precious moments in time, as life can be very brittle, as I have experienced from mine. Much love to you as I bid you all a very good night!

“Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen. On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donder and Blitzen! To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall! Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

Onward and up! 


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