The Power of One

I came across this inspirational message and thought you would also enjoy it:

One tree can start a forest,
One smile can begin a friendship,
One hand can lift a soul,
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One act can inspire a movement,
One candle can wipe out darkness,
One laugh can conquer gloom,
One hope can raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care,
One voice can wake up everybody,
One person can make the difference.
Be that one today.

Here’s the way I see it: Gavin Armstrong said it best, “I’m a big believer in the power of one, that one person, one action, can have a ripple effect that can make a difference.”

The Way I See It

kirkHere is one of my favorite poems, “Don’t Quit” by John Greenleaf Whittier. Whether this is the first or fiftieth time you’ve read this, it’s a good reminder for all of us:

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is strange with its twists and turns
As every one of us sometimes learns
And many a failure comes about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow—
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out—
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell just how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

Here’s the way I see it: The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places. Pull over to rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

The Triple Filter Test

kirkAncient folklore says that Socrates was visited by an acquaintance who was eager to share some juicy gossip about another friend. Before the man was able to share his news, Socrates asked if the news could pass the “Triple Filter Test.”

Socrates then explained, “The first filter is truth. Have you made sure what you’re about to say is true?” The man shook his head and said, “No, I just heard about it and…”

Socrates cut him off, and said, “If you don’t know that the news is true, then is it good or kind?” Again the man shook his head and said, “No, actually it’s the opposite. You see…”

Socrates cut him off again and said, “So you aren’t sure if it’s true, and it isn’t good or kind. One filter remains – is this information useful or necessary to me?” The man was a little defeated and said, “No, not really.” And Socrates said, “Well, if what you want to say is neither true, nor good or kind, nor useful or necessary, please don’t say anything at all.”

Here’s the way I see it: Imagine how different the world would be if we only chose to share or listen to information that was true, good, or useful. Mahatma Gandhi said it best, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

The Way I See It

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A man walked into his psychiatrist’s office and said, “Doc, every time I see nickels, dimes, and quarters, I have a panic attack! What’s my problem?”

“Oh, that’s easy,” the doctor answered. “You’re just afraid of change.”

Here’s the way I see it: Tony Robbins said it best, “Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and start being excited of what could go right.”

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The Way I See It

kirkI heard a heartwarming story about a generous man who owned a small grocery store and enjoyed showing generosity to the underprivileged kids in the neighborhood.

One day, a ragged boy was admiring the fresh produce. “How is your day going?” the man asked the boy. “Fine, thanks. I’m just admiring those peas. They sure look good!” The man asked, “Would you like to take some home?” “No, sir, I don’t have any money.” Then, the man smiled and asked, “Do you have anything you could trade me?” The boy replied, “All I have is this prize marble.” The man held the blue marble up to the light and inspected it, saying, “She’s a dandy! But do you have a red one like this at home?” The boy nodded. The man said, “I’ll tell you what… take this bag of peas home with you, and on your next trip, let me take a look at that red marble.”

The store owner loved to bargain with the kids and would ensure they went home with food for their family. For example, when the boy came back with his red marble, the man decided he didn’t like red after all, and sent them home with a bag of produce, asking them to come back with a green marble or an orange marble on their next trip to the store. Several years later, the store owner died. At the funeral, a line of young men stood at his casket, each proudly placing an exquisitely shined red marble under his hand.

Here’s the way I see it: We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds. Kindness is the mark we leave on the world.

Teamwork At Its Best

kirkSurely, you’ve heard the old saying, “A rolling stone gathers no moss.” Well, this sentiment is also true when it comes to members of The Rolling Stones band. While they have been playing together for more than 50 years, The Rolling Stones still know there is no substitute for the hard work and importance of practicing together and being cohesive as a team.

Before every tour, The Stones commit two months to rehearsals before heading back on the road. They appreciate the opportunity to work together as a team of professionals honing their craft. Rehearsals allow them to re-familiarize themselves with the music and each other, developing a nearly telepathic communication.

Richards says that he knows exactly what’s happening on stage by merely watching Watts’ left hand. If the tempo ever drags, one glance from Richards to Wood speaks volumes. Together they will then step up the pace. While there are many members in the band, they perform together as a unified unit.

Here’s the way I see it: There is no substitute for the ongoing commitment and deliberate practice required to build better teams. Let us know anytime you need help creating print projects that will make your business shine!

Which One to Invite?

kirkHere’s a little fable that got me thinking, and I thought you would also enjoy it.

One day, a husband and wife noticed three old men with long white beards sitting in their front yard. The couple went over to them and invited them to come in and eat with them.

“We do not go into a house together,” they replied. “Why is that?” the wife asked. One of the old men explained, “His name is Wealth,” he said, pointing to one of his friends. Then, pointing to the other man, he said, “He is Success, and I am Love.” Then he added, “Take a moment to discuss which one of us you’d like to invite in your home.”

Perplexed, the couple went back inside, and the husband said, “Let’s invite Wealth. It would be great if he could fill our home with wealth!” The wife disagreed and said, “I think we should invite Success.” Meanwhile, their daughter was listening, and jumped in with her suggestion: “Would it not be better to invite Love? How wonderful to have our home filled with even more love!”

The family agreed, and they went outside and asked, “Which one of you is Love? Please come in and be our guest.” All three men started walking toward the house. Surprised, the wife said, “But I only invited Love?” The old men replied, “If you had invited Wealth or Success, the other two of us would’ve stayed out, but since you invited Love,wherever he goes, we get to go with him.”