December 2021

December 2021

Strategies for Success Newsletter December 2021 Issue 192


Published by Emily Huling Selling Strategies
Copyright 2021 Emily Huling. All rights reserved.


In this December 2021 issue:

  1. Thoughts from Others
  2. Thoughts from Home
  3. Josmo’s Cafe
  4. Stay Energized


  1. Thoughts from Others

The Wisdom of Mister Rogers

Fred Rogers (1928-2003), best known as Mister Rogers from the television show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” which aired from 1968-2001, personified and inspired kindness, understanding, and compassion. I recently learned that my 3-year-old great nephew who lives with his parents in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, is a huge fan. Akiva watches episodes available through YouTube TV channels. Fred Rogers was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and the show was produced at WQED studios in Pittsburgh. We Pittsburghers feel particular kinship to this extraordinary man.

Here are some of Fred’s quotes most meaningful to me.

“There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.”

“It’s the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth.”

“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.”

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”

“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”

Looking for more Mister Rogers’ inspiration? Read the book The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember and watch the marvelous Tom Hanks and Michael Rhys 2019 movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”

A bit of Mister Rogers trivia. 143 was his code for “I love you,” a numerical shorthand derived from the number of letters in each word. He used the number in the Neighborhood and even in real life. Learn why he maintained his 143-pound body weight for decades.


  1. Thoughts from Home

Kids love cards

About 15 years ago when they were toddlers, I began sending picture postcards from my travel destinations to my cousins Quincey and Nathan. They loved getting mail and seeing where I visited. Of course, a map of the US and a globe were great gifts to complement the postcards.

Over the years, I’ve added more young ones to the list including friends’ children and grandchildren. Since the kids love getting mail, I began sending Valentine, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and other assorted greeting cards. As the list grew, I began using mailing labels. I sent 20 cards this past Halloween. I’ve created an expectation monster. It’s quite humorous that the teenagers tell me they still like getting my cards!

I believe that my joy of sending cards and the feedback I receive from both parents and children is greater than their delight in receiving them. If you’re not already sending frequent cards to the children in your life, I hope you’ll start!


  1. Josmo’s Café

We spent ten glorious days in November with John’s brother, Pat, and his wife Tommi in Snowmass, Colorado. Tommi is a talented cook and cook and bake she did! I have three recipes to share that Tommi made for us during our visit. All are perfect for holiday entertaining. They are Wild Rice Sausage Stuffing, Cranberry Apple Raspberry Pie, and Orange Pomegranate Salad with Honey.  Enjoy!

Looking for more great recipes? We have over 100 recipes on our Josmo’s Café page on the website.


  1. Stay Energized

Our Energizer Minute for December is Missing Loved Ones.

Kick off this festive month with iconic songs for Chanukah and Christmas.

John and I wish you the happiest of holiday seasons!


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