Swallow vs. Crow

Here is an interesting little story about a swallow and a crow.

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One day, a proud swallow was sitting in a majestic tree admiring his colorful feathers and his long tail. He happened to see a crow and thought, “Wow, look at how dull that bird is. All of his feathers are black.” Just then, the crow flew up and sat on the same branch as the swallow. The swallow immediately started talking down to the crow, saying, “You are such a boring looking bird. All of your features are black, and your tail is so short. I bet you wish you looked more like me,” as he spread his wings to show off his pretty blue feathers.

Without getting upset, the crow calmly replied, “It’s true, you have colorful feathers and a long tail, but only in the summer. Your beautiful feathers fall off and cannot keep you warm when the weather turns cold. While you shiver, my feathers stay the same year-round and keep me warm in the winter.”

Here’s the way I see it: Simon Sinek said it best, “Confidence is believing in yourself. Arrogance is telling others you are better than they are. Confidence inspires. Arrogance destroys.” When you trust our print shop with your important projects, we guarantee our printing will give your business a boost of confidence.

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The Way I See It

kirkOne sunny day, a mother and her son were outside flying a kite. The son loved watching the kite glide through the sky and cheered as it flew higher and higher. Eventually, the kite reached the end of its string and could not go any higher. After pleading with his mom to break the string, she finally agreed and cut the string to release the kite. Shortly after, a gust of wind made the kite spiral uncontrollably, and it crashed to the ground.

As the son looked very sad and disappointed, the mother explained, “Just like the kite, we may reach a certain level in life and feel like things may be holding us back, such as friends, family, or rules. We feel the desire to become free from those strings, but it’s important to remember that those strings will help us remain stable and fly higher than we can without them.”

Here’s the way I see it: Dan Pearce once said it best, “Who do you want to surround yourself with? People who can pull you up to their level of greatness? Or people who will happily pull you down to theirs?”

The Way I See It

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You’ve likely heard this story before, but it’s one of my favorites, so I wanted to share again…

One day, a wealthy man, of a rather wealthy family, took his son on a trip to the country to show his son how poor people can be. On their way home, the father asked his son, “Did you learn anything from this trip?”

“I sure did,” said the son. “We have one dog, and they have four. We have a small pool in our backyard, and they have a creek that has no end. We have lanterns in our garden, and they have the stars at night. We have a small piece of land, and they have endless fields. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, and they have friends to protect them.”

The boy’s father was speechless. Then the boy said, “Thanks, dad, for showing me how poor we are.”

Here’s the way I see it: The world changes when we change our perspective. If you’d like help creating beautiful print materials that will ensure a great first impression, give us a call today!

The Way I See It

kirkA wise woman was traveling in the mountains when she found a beautiful, rare sparkling stone in a stream. She was mesmerized by the stone’s beauty and put it in her bag for safe keeping.

The next day the wise woman met a traveler who looked hungry and down on his luck. The wise woman opened her bag to share her food and said the traveler could pick anything he wanted. The hungry traveler’s eyes got large as he saw the precious stone, and asked if he could have the stone instead. The woman agreed without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But it wasn’t long until the traveler came back to return the stone to the wise woman.

The traveler said, “I’ve been thinking… I know how valuable the stone is, but I want to give it back to you in hopes that you can give me something even more precious. Please give me whatever it is you have within you that enabled you to give me your most valuable possession.”

Here’s the way I see it: Pablo Picasso once said it best: “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

The Fox Fable

kirkOne day, a hungry fox spotted a big bunch of grapes hanging from the vine of a tree. The grapes looked large and juicy, and the fox’s mouth watered as he gazed at the grapes.

The grapes were very high on the tree, so the fox had to jump for them. He made several attempts, and even backed way up and took a running leap at the grapes, only to fall short. He tried again and again until he was exhausted and disgusted. After working for hours to reach the unattainable grapes, the fox walked away scornfully, muttering to himself, “I don’t want them anyway… they’re probably sour.”

Here’s the way I see it: It’s easy to despise what you can’t have. If you need help creating the perfect print materials to outshine your competition, we’re here to help! Give us a call today at 856.429.0715

The Monkey and the Apple

kirkA happy, free-spirited monkey grew up in a beautiful jungle and enjoyed his time climbing trees, eating delicious fruit, and resting in the sunshine. One day he wandered to a nearby village and peeked in the window of a house. He noticed a bowl of shiny red apples sitting on a table, and couldn’t resist them. He grabbed one in each hand and ran back into the jungle. After catching his breath, he sniffed the apples but smelled nothing. He then tried to eat them, but they were hard and hurt his teeth. The apples were made of wood, but they still looked beautiful, so he kept them.

When the other monkeys in the jungle noticed his apples, he started avoiding his friends and held on to the apples even tighter. He proudly admired his new possessions as he wandered the jungle alone. He started to become hungry and came across ripe bananas, but he was too afraid to lose his valuable treasures that he couldn’t set them down to eat anything else. He became exhausted, hungry, lonely, and couldn’t climb trees or collect fruit with his hands full. After a few days, he finally dropped the wooden apples and reached for some fresh fruit, and he was happy to rejoin his friends again.

Here’s the way I see it: Sometimes we hold on to things that seem too valuable to let go. We become so focused on our image, pride, possessions, and wealth that we forget to enjoy the most important things in life: love, compassion, family, and friends. Let us know if we can help with your next printing project so you can focus on more important things in life.

The 99 Club

kirkI heard a story about a very wealthy king who lived long ago. Even though his life was filled with luxuries, he was not happy or content. One day the king met a poor man who was very happy and joyous. The king asked, “You appear to be a very poor man… how are you so happy?” The poor man said, “Your majesty, my family and I don’t need much. We have enough food to fill our bellies, a roof over our heads, and each other to keep us happy.”

The king was not satisfied with the man’s answer, so later that day he sought advice from one of his trusted advisors. The advisor said, “It’s obvious that man has not become part of the 99 Club.” The king asked, “What is the 99 Club?” The advisor replied, “To understand it, just place 99 gold coins in a bag and leave it on the man’s doorstep.”

After a long day in the fields, the man saw the bag on his doorstep. He took it inside and let out a great shout of joy when he discovered the bag was filled with gold coins. After counting it several times, he wondered, “What could’ve happened to the last gold coin? Who would leave just 99 coins!” After becoming exhausted looking everywhere for the last coin, he decided to work harder than ever to earn a gold coin to complete his collection. From that day on, the man’s life was changed. He became overworked and grumpy. He was upset with his family for not helping him achieve his goal to earn the one-hundredth gold coin. All he could think about was the coin he longed for.

After witnessing the dramatic transformation, the king’s advisor said, “Your majesty, the man is now part of the 99 Club, which is made of people who have more than enough, but are never content, because they’re always striving for the one extra thing that will make them happy.”

Here’s the way I see it: Charles Spurgeon said it best, “It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.”