Tuesday, February 26, 2013

2013-09 - Lessons from a Terrapin

There was a boy who found a terrapin, more commonly known as a turtle. He started to examine it, but the turtle pulled in its head and closed its shell like a vice. The boy was upset and he picked up a stick to try to pry it open.

The boy’s uncle saw all this and remarked, "No, that’s not the way! In fact, you may kill the turtle, but you’ll not get it to open up with a stick."

The uncle took the terrapin into the house and set it near the fireplace. It wasn’t but a few minutes until it began to get warm. Then the turtle pushed out its head, stretched out its legs and began to crawl. "Turtles are like that," said the uncle, "and people, too. You can’t force them into anything. But if you first warm them up with some real kindness, more than likely they will do what you want them to do."

~ Author Unknown
" A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve."

~ Joseph Joubert

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

2013-08 - Pull Together

There’s a story told of a horse pull event at the county fair. In one event one horse pulled 9,000 pounds and another 8,000 pounds. Together they would be expected to pull 17,000 pounds. However, when they were paired together, the two horses were able to pull a total weight of 30,000 pounds.

That is called the principle of synergy. By definition, the simultaneous action of separate agents working together has a greater total effect than the sum of the individual parts. More can be done through team effort than can be accomplished by each individual member. In order for the principle of synergy to work, there has to be teamwork.

Everything we do takes teamwork and trust. Every person is valuable and needed.

~ Author Unknown

Working together as a team helps build a cohesive organization.

~ Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

2013-07 - Opportunity of your life

Today you have an opportunity, the likes of which cannot be equalled. You have the opportunity to live. Think for a moment about what that means. Though the day may include some pain, loss, discomfort and disappointment, it is also full of life. You can sense. You can think. You can act. You can build. You can grow. You can create

You are alive and the possibilities are endless. How will you make use of your good fortune at being alive today? There are so many ways to make a positive and lasting difference in your own life and in the world around you. Which of these will you choose to pursue on this day that is filled with opportunity?
Take a deep breath of fresh air and feel your body fill with the energy of being alive. Hold your head high and put a smile on your face. Though troubles surround you they cannot defeat you. Stay in touch with what it means to be alive as you move forward through the beautiful living blessing of today. 

~ Ralph Marston

" A second ago is gone, and a second from now might be. Now is all you've got. Go for it!"

~ Lyn St. James

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

2013-06 - From weakness to strength

When you admit to yourself that you have a particular weakness, you've taken an important step in getting beyond it. For once you see the weakness clearly, you will come up with many ways to work on it.

When you've discovered a weakness, you've identified a pathway to strength. Working to get just a single weakness out of the way can add increased power and effectiveness to everything you do.

For every weakness that you have, there is a strength with which you can replace it. From every weakness, there is something of value to be learned.

Weakness is nothing to be ashamed of. Rather, it is something to be worked on.

What if the very same factors that now work against you could be changed into forces that propel you forward? By having the courage to face your own weaknesses, you can make that happen.

See your weaknesses for what they are. And you'll see that they are filled with opportunity.

~ Author Unknown
" A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

~ Winston Churchill