Weekly Edge

Missing Resources

Heather Frame - Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Here’s a great quote form Zig Ziglar to challenge your thinking

‘All resources are not obvious; great managers find and develop available talent.’

DON'T WE ALL

Heather Frame - Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Hmmm… here’s a story to make you think.  It comes from http://www.indianchild.com/inspiring_stories.htm 

I was parked in front of the mall wiping off my car. I had just come from the car wash and was waiting for my wife to get out of work.

Coming my way from across the parking lot was what society would consider a bum.

From the looks of him, he had no car, no home, no clean clothes, and no money. There are times when you feel generous but there are other times that you just don't want to be bothered. This was one of those "don't want to be bothered times."

"I hope he doesn't ask me for any money," I thought.

He didn't.

He came and sat on the curb in front of the bus stop but he didn't look like he could have enough money to even ride the bus.

After a few minutes he spoke.  "That's a very pretty car," he said.

He was ragged but he had an air of dignity around him. His scraggly blond beard kept more than his face warm.

I said, "thanks," and continued wiping off my car. 

He sat there quietly as I worked. The expected plea for money never came.

As the silence between us widened something inside said, "ask him if he needs any help." I was sure that he would say "yes" but I held true to the inner voice.

"Do you need any help?" I asked.

He answered in three simple but profound words that I shall never forget.

We often look for wisdom in great men and women. We expect it from those of higher learning and accomplishments. 

I expected nothing but an outstretched grimy hand. He spoke the three words that shook me.

"Don't we all?" he said.

I was feeling high and mighty, successful and important, above a bum in the street, until those three words hit me like a twelve-gauge shotgun.

Don't we all?

I needed help. Maybe not for bus fare or a place to sleep, but I needed help. I reached in my wallet and gave him not only enough for bus fare, but enough to get a warm meal and shelter for the day. 

Those three little words still ring true. No matter how much you have, no matter how much you have accomplished, you need help too. No matter how little you have, no matter how loaded you are with problems, even without money or a place to sleep, you can give help.

Even if it's just a compliment, you can give that.

You never know when you may see someone that appears to have it all.  They are waiting on you to give them what they don't have. A different perspective on life, a glimpse at something beautiful, a respite from daily chaos, that only you through a torn world can see.

Maybe the man was just a homeless stranger wandering the streets. Maybe
he was more than that. 

Maybe he was sent by a power that is great and wise, to minister to a soul too comfortable in themselves. 

Maybe God looked down, called an Angel, dressed him like a bum, then said, "go minister to that man cleaning the car, that man needs help."

Don't we all?

Tough times never last but tough people do

Heather Frame - Wednesday, November 13, 2019

There’s no doubt about it life can be a great adventure.  But sometimes, life can throw you some real challenges as well.

So, if you’re facing some challenges now, if things aren’t all rosy like it is on facebook, then this message is for you… 

We hear from a lot of business owners who are doing it tough.  So, we thought we’d share with you some of what we often tell those who are doing it tough around us.

First, we tell them they are not alone.  And despite what you see on facebook, nobody’s life is perfect.  Fact is, we all have our battles.  We also tell these people about a book we’ve read that helped us get through the tough times.

It’s called ‘Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do’.  It’s chock full of old-world, common sense wisdom that really packs a punch.

One line from the book that really resonates with us is 

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: You Haven’t!”

So even though things might seem really bad, you are not beaten until you give up.  There is always something you can do.

Fact is, all of us get challenged.  All of us will encounter some kind of tragedy in our lives.  However, it’s our ability to pull ourselves up off the canvas and take another swing that will determine if we get through or not.

So when things are bad, we tell ourselves ‘Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do.’

It’s a great mantra to take to heart.  We wish you well in your business and life.

Just remember, ‘Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do.’

And also, ‘When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: You Haven’t!’

Tell me your secret

Marcus Everett - Wednesday, November 06, 2019

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
 Mark Twain