The Cake Fight

kirkTwo big tom cats were strolling around a neighborhood after a big celebration and came across a big delicious piece of cake. They immediately started arguing over the cake.

A monkey was passing by when he overheard the two cats fighting. The monkey tried to help the cats and said, “Don’t fight, my friends. I can easily divide the cake into two pieces. Let me equally share the cake among you both.” The cats agreed and handed the cake over to the monkey. The monkey split the cake into two parts. Then he shook his head and said, “Oh no! One piece is slightly bigger than the other one. Let me take a bite of the bigger one to even them out.” After taking a bite of the bigger piece, he sighed and said “Oh no! This has become smaller now.” And he took a bite from the other piece and kept doing so until there was no cake left, leaving both cats disappointed.

Here’s the way I see it: Henry Boye once said it best: “The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.” After all, when you choose to quarrel and fight, someone else always gains.

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Never Make Assumptions

kirkI heard an interesting legend about a business tycoon who gave his job candidates a special test during their job interviews. He would invite the candidates out for lunch and watch their actions closely. If they added salt or pepper to their food before tasting it, he would automatically rule them out. Why? Because he wanted people who didn’t make assumptions, since assumptions tend to be innovation killers.

Here’s the way I see it: Mark W. Perrett said it best: “If you don’t go through life with an open mind, you will find a lot of closed doors.” If you’re looking for exciting new ways to promote your business in print, our team would love to help. And remember, other printers may be nearby, but nobody comes close!

Attitudes are Contagious

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I heard a story about a 92-year-old lady who proudly got ready every morning by 8:00 am with her hair and makeup done, even though she was legally blind. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, so she was moving into a nursing home.

On move-in day, she waited patiently in the nursing home lobby with her belongings, when a nurse said her room was ready and started to describe her tiny room, so she knew what to expect. “I love it!” the elderly lady interrupted with enthusiasm. “But you haven’t seen the room yet…” the nurse replied. “That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” the lady said with a smile. “Happiness is something you decide ahead of time. Whether I like my room doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged’ it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. I have a choice every day when I wake up… I can spend my day in bed depressed about the parts of my body that no longer work, or I can get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.”

Here’s the way I see it: You may not be able to control every situation and its outcome, but you can control your attitude and how you deal with it. And remember, attitudes are contagious. May yours be worth catching.

The Path

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One day long ago, a calf decided to cross a thick forest to return to its pasture. Not knowing where it was going, it forged a twisted, confusing path full of turns that went up and down hills. The next day, a dog came by and used the same path to cross the forest. Then, a sheep took the same path, which was followed by its fellow flock, and various other animals.

Later, a group of travelers came along and decided to take the path that was well worn. They went left, right, around deviating obstacles, and complained about the terrible path the entire way, but did nothing to create an alternate route. After many years, travelers continued along that same, well-worn path, each time taking three hours to cover a distance that would normally take 30 minutes had they forged a smarter path.

Here’s the way I see it: Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best, “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail.”

The Story of a Chicken

kirkOne day, a meat counter clerk who had an amazing day clearing out his inventory proudly flipped his last chicken on a scale and weighed it. “That will be $7,” he told the customer. “Hmmm…” the customer hesitated. “That really is a little too small. Do you have anything larger?” the customer asked. Hesitating, but thinking fast, the clerk returned the chicken to the refrigerator, paused a moment, then took the same one out again. “This one,” he said faintly, “will be $8.” The woman paused for a moment, then said with a big smile, “I’ll take both of them!”

Here’s the way I see it: As Bo Bennett once said, “For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth.” If you’re looking for a printer who will give it to you straight every time, give us a call today.

A Simple Formula for Living

kirkI came across these simple but inspirational tips for living the other day and thought you would enjoy them as well.

Live beneath your means.
Return everything you borrow.
Stop blaming other people.
Admit it when you make a mistake.
Give clothes not worn to charity.
Do something nice and try not to get caught.
Listen more and talk less.
Take a 30-minute walk every day.
Strive for excellence, not perfection.
Be on time.
Don’t make excuses.
Don’t argue.
Get organized.
Be kind to unkind people.
Let someone cut ahead of you in line.
Take time to be alone.
Cultivate good manners.
Be humble.
Realize and accept that life isn’t fair.
Know when to keep your mouth shut.
Go an entire day without criticizing anyone.
Learn from the past.
Plan for the future.
Live in the present.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
It’s all small stuff.

Here’s the way I see it: Abraham Lincoln once said it best: “Whatever you are, be a good one.” And keep us in mind next time you need quality printing your customers will love!

Buried Treasure

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An old man buried a large amount of gold in a secret spot in his garden. Every day he went to the spot, dug up his treasure, and counted every piece to make sure it was all still there. One day a thief was passing by and noticed the old man secretly burying something in his garden. He waited until nightfall and quietly dug up the treasure and left with it.

The next day when the man discovered his loss, he was overcome with grief and despair. He cried and screamed until his neighbor came over to check on him and asked what had happened. “My gold! My gold!” cried the old man wildly. “Someone has robbed me!”

“Your gold was buried in your garden? Why didn’t you keep it in the house where you could easily access it when you wanted to buy things?”

“Buy things?!” the old man asked in disbelief. “Why, I would never buy things with the gold. I couldn’t think of spending any of it.” The stranger picked up a few large rocks and threw it into the hole. “If that is the case,” he said, “cover up those stones. They are worth just as much to you as the treasure you lost!”

Here’s the way I see it: Sometimes the things you own end up owning you. A possession is worth no more than the use we make of it.

If you’d like help with your printing projects so you can focus on the more important things in life, we’re here to help!