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Volume Six | December 2016

Returning the Favor
Favors done on your behalf can come in a number of ways, and usually appreciated. Conversely, acknowledging kindness with a return gesture is not something we talk about often. Maybe we should—especially now, as we enter the year’s biggest holiday period.

If, during the past year you supervised (or did it yourself) the renovation (updating but not completely changing) part of your home or office, or went a little further and remodeled those same rooms (made significant changes to improve efficiency, look and value,) if you used materials that escaped becoming trash so they could be used again—whether you knew it or not, you were returning the favor.

In fact, anytime we make use of materials that in past years would have been left by the wayside, we become part of a message system that encourages the idea of making best use of our environment. And by taking something that might otherwise be discarded and forming it into an entirely new and useful thing, we’re giving back.

This time of year seems to bring out the best in us all. If nothing else, doing something that benefits others is fun. You get to see the looks on people’s faces, you share their joy, and it makes you feel good. Your actions may have created employment for others, saved something from destruction, or opened doors for young minds in search of greater knowledge.

You’ve created a positive action that can help bring an equally positive reaction:
You’ve literally helped shape something from nothing.
There are as many ways to give back as there are to receive—but we rarely stop to think of what those ways are—even if we’re right in the middle of the act of making something happen.

It’s time to stop and smell the roses.

There’s an old saying in the corporate world that one of the best forms of public relations is getting a bunch of people in the same room at the same time so something good might happen.

A simplistic statement, yes, but positive and meaningful—and at many levels, we can all make something like this occur.

If more could be aware of the small but significant acts of giving and receiving, it would make the holidays that much more pleasant to experience; the season is upon us; now’s your chance.

From all of us at CMP Group, we wish you a wonderful and safe holiday with family and friends, and the promise of a good year to come.


When you learn, teach. When you get, give.
              Maya Angelou
This Bears Repeating
This newsletter has reached another milestone.  This issue will mark the beginning of its SIXTH year. Many thanks to our growing list of subscribers and readers.
Cookie! Cookie!
You’ll recall that Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster loves the treat for which he’s named. In laying a descriptive groundwork when attempting to describe to another the phenomenon of recycled glass countertops, you might tell them to imagine a large chocolate chip cookie; the chips represent the glass, while the cookie dough is the binder matrix that pulls everything together in the length, width and shape you’re wanting
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In Case You Missed It
Earlier we informed our readers about the upcoming 2017 Home Builders Association Show (HBA) in Jefferson City in February. Just in case you missed it, we’re taking this opportunity to give it another plug.

This popular show will be held on Friday, February 24, 2017, from 11AM-8PM and on Saturday the 25th, from 9AM to 6PM. However, this year, the two-day event will be held at Jefferson City’s Capital Mall.

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