The New York Stock Exchange, banks, federal and state offices are closed today as is customary in observance of Presidents Day, a holiday to recognize our nation’s first President. This day has long been dedicated to celebrate George Washington, then later Abraham Lincoln and more recently a day to celebrate and reflect on all who have held the highest public office in the United States.
In an election year, Presidents Day may have more meaning than in most years. In 2020 with so many candidates running for occupancy of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the news cycle is full of commentary about the character and qualifications of those vying for what most would agree is the world’s most important and powerful leader.
While we take a moment today to ponder our countries first leader and his extraordinary accomplishments, perhaps we could also take today as an opportunity to consider the term “Leader” as it applies to our ourselves.
It might be helpful if we reflect on our own leadership roles in our daily lives with family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. While most do not have the responsibility of decisions that affect hundreds or thousands or millions, each day we do impact others. In small ways we each lead, especially in our digitally connected world. Are we leading or following in our words, actions and conduct with others? Are we more or less like the man today honors?
Happy Presidents Day and we hope this day inspires us to bring out more of our inner George!
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