Counting our Blessings

12-14-2010 1:56 PM

Darrell Overcash, President of Mary Kay U.S.Today's guest blogger is Darrell Overcash, President of Mary Kay U.S.  Darrell Overcash joined Mary Kay in 1996 as Vice President and General Manager for the North Central Branch.  In January 2006, he became President of Mary Kay U.S., and his current responsibilities include all areas of the Company that directly support the success of U.S. and Canadian Independent Sales Force members.  Darrell graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1983, and is also a Charter Member of the Texas Women’s Museum. 

I‘m so excited that Christmas is right around the corner.  Now, I may be too old to get excited about unwrapping gifts, but my wife and children aren’t.  (That reminds me: I haven’t finished shopping yet!) But there are many other reasons I’m excited.  This is the time of year when people in general seem happier, more understanding and more forgiving.  Maybe it’s because of all of the celebrations or the familiar songs we hear every year. Or maybe it’s the spirit of caring, sharing and forgiveness that envelops us.  Whatever it is, I like it!  It just seems easier to forget about all of the other things going on in the world around us. 

If you’re anything like me, the holidays are also a great time for reflection.  The end of another year is near, and a new year is about to begin.  My teenage children like that; me, not so much.  Regardless, I like to remind myself of the many wonderful things that have happened over the course of the past year.  I also take some time to think about what I could have done differently during the last 12 months, personally and professionally, so I can be better prepared for the future possibilities that are to come. 

As I reflect upon these things, inevitably, I’m reminded of how blessed we are.  We’re blessed as a nation, as a Company and as individuals.  Yes, I know we’re still working our way out of a global recession, and I know many people have been through and continue to go through difficult struggles because of our economy.  Unfortunately, there are times when we do have to look harder to find a silver lining, but it’s there. 

I know this article won’t post for a few days, but as I write it on December 7, Pearl Harbor Day, I’m reminded that we’re still a free nation after more than 200 years.  We’re a nation that provides hope and belief for a better future for other nations, as well.  I’m so proud of the brave women and men in our Armed Forces at home and abroad who fight for our right to remain free.  We can never thank them enough, and I hope you join me in praying for their safety. 

I’m reminded that we’re part of an amazing Company.  We give hope to thousands of women around the world.  We’re a Company that does well by doing good, and that doesn’t happen by accident.  It happens by all of us being committed to the principles and values upon which Mary Kay Ash founded this wonderful Company back in 1963.  It takes hard work, and every single one of us who are part of Mary Kay Inc. has a responsibility to continue to live those principles by example.

And I’m reminded that I’m personally blessed.  I have a beautiful wife and two loving children.  I know I said they’re teenagers, but they’re loving teenagers!  Each day, I have the opportunity to work with some of the most brilliant women and men in America, including our amazing Independent National Sales Directors, who faithfully carry the torch for Mary Kay’s mission; our Independent Sales Directors, who are the dream makers for their units; our Independent Beauty Consultants,  the heart and soul of the Mary Kay independent sales force; and our dedicated staff of employees who work tirelessly behind the scenes to support our independent sales force.  I’m humbled to be associated with every one of you because you carry on Mary Kay’s legacy and have made the Company what it is today.

Is it any wonder that we have a bright future?  I love this time of year, but I’m so excited about the new doors that will open for us next year.  Regardless of whether you’re part of the Mary Kay “family”  as an independent sales force member, customer or employee, I hope you’ll join me to make 2011 our best year ever!