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.”

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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!

What’s Your Password?

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Have you ever thought that something as simple as a password could change your life? Surely you’ve experienced that cringe-worthy moment when you receive the dreaded “your password has expired” message. Chances are, creating a new password has never really been a big deal, until recently. Now, you’re required to use one uppercase character, one lowercase character, one symbol, one number, no less than eight characters, and you can’t use the same password you’ve used before!

My password expired the other day, and just as I started ranting about how I dislike creating new passwords, my coworker said, “try using a password that will change your life.” After thinking about it, I typed a password: gratitude#1. My password reminded me to be thankful several times a day when logging into my computer for the next 30 days.

Here’s the way I see it: Positive thinking can turn any moment of despair into an opportunity for inspiration.

An Attitude of Gratitude

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An inexperienced hunter wandered deep into the woods and became lost in unfamiliar territory. After a few days without food, he was ecstatic to find an apple tree. As he ate the first apple, he felt incredibly grateful and blessed. He fell to his knees and thanked God for his life and the delicious food.

As he continued eating more and more apples, he started feeling less and less grateful, and his gratitude diminished drastically. He didn’t even enjoy eating the tenth apple. While the tenth apple was just as sweet as the first, the abundance of apples on the tree made him take their nourishment for granted.

Here’s the way I see it: Always appreciate what you have before it turns into what you had. If you’d like help creating thank you cards or other ways to show appreciation to your loyal customers, give us a call today!

Broken

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The next time you’re feeling broken or in despair, remember this.

In Japanese culture, when an object is broken it is often repaired by bonding the pieces back together with gold. The flaw then becomes a unique part of the piece’s past that only adds to its beautiful story. The broken pieces of your life make you who you are. And that is more valuable than anything in the world.

Here’s the way I see it: Elizabeth Edwards said it best, “She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her away, she adjusted her sails.”