The Snake and the Saw

kirkOne night a curious snake was out looking for food and entered a carpenter’s workshop. The carpenter, who was not very organized, left several tools lying on the floor. One of the tools was a sharp saw. As the snake was snooping around the shop, he climbed over the saw and got a small cut. Assuming that something was attacking him, the snaked turned around and bit the saw so hard that he cut his mouth. This made him angry and he coiled his body around it and attacked again and again and again until the saw was covered in blood and appear to be dead. The snake died from his own wounds.

Here’s the way I see it: Sometimes when we are focused on trying to hurt others, we only wind up hurting ourselves. We’d love the opportunity to work on your next important printing project… with happiness guaranteed!

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Memory is Like Salt

kirkA friend told me a story about two men who happen to run into each other at their favorite spot every day – on a bench located near the beach. The one man said to the other, “You look miles away… what are you thinking about?” The other man replied, “Every day, I dream about how I was sitting on this same bench 25 years ago with my wife. She always loved to get up and dance on the beach like no one was watching. Now I come here daily to try to relive the memories.”

The first man replied, “That’s great to enjoy your memories, but don’t forget that memory is like salt. The right amount brings out the flavor in food, and too much ruins it. If you live in the past all the time, you’ll find yourself with no present to remember.”

Here’s the way I see it: Dr. Seuss said it best, “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” And remember, we’re here to help with your important printing so you can focus on the more important things in life.

Do You Play Offense or Defense at Work?

kirkWhether or not you are a football fan, there are many similarities between the workplace and the football field. The biggest similarity is understanding the difference between playing offense and defense.

No matter if you are on the field or in the office, it is often easier to learn defense, meaning you are simply reacting to the actions of others. When we are on defense, we typically don’t need to think as hard or make as many decisions, although defense can also be more exhausting and mentally draining. Many of our workdays are bogged down playing defense – answering phone calls, replying to emails, and attending meetings.

In comparison, playing on offense requires a proactive approach. In the workplace, this means creating goals and setting priorities for items you want to accomplish above and beyond the typical daily tasks. Being proactive requires more thought, planning, and dedication to achieve success, and also results in a greater sense of accomplishment and excitement for the future. So, what do you play most frequently at work – offense or defense?

Here’s the way I see it: A wise man once said it best: a good offense is the best defense. Give us a call if we can help you create print materials that will crush the competition.

The Way I See It

kirkI heard a story about a lady driving to work who followed a car which had a sign in the back window that said, “Learning stick – sorry for the delay!” Knowing this information, she was very patient with the driver’s slow shifting and gave the car plenty of space at red lights and stop signs. After thinking about this, I asked myself a tough question… would I be as patient with someone driving like this without a sign? I can definitely say no.

We don’t know what other people are going through. We don’t wear signs that show our personal struggles, such as “Going through a divorce,” “Lost a child,” “Feeling Depressed,” or “Diagnosed with Cancer.”

If we could read signs of what others are going through, many of us would be nicer. But the truth is, we shouldn’t have to see signs to treat strangers with kindness. We should be kind regardless of whether we know what struggles others are dealing with or not.

Here’s the way I see it: Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. And think of us the next time you need help with your printing so that you can focus on more important things in life

The Way I See It

kirkHere’s a true, inspirational story about an American Navy fighter pilot in Vietnam, named Captain Charlie Plumb. On his 75th mission, with five days left before he was to return home, his jet was shot down. He was ejected and parachuted into enemy hands, resulting in his capture and torture. He spent a total of 2,103 days as a POW (prisoner of war) in Communist prison camps.

After returning home, a man came up to him and said, “You’re Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. I heard you were shot down!” Surprised, Plumb asked how the man knew about that. The man smiled and said, “I’m the sailor who packed your parachute, and I guess it worked!” Plumb thanked him profusely and said, “If your chute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today.”

Plumb became a motivational speaker, sharing his POW experiences with audiences around the world. One of his signature messages describes the chance meeting with the sailor who packed his parachute, which ultimately saved his life. After telling his story, he always asks his audiences, “Who’s packing your parachute?”

Here’s the way I see it: Never underestimate the impact you may have on someone else’s life. Let us know if we can help with your next printing project so that you can focus on more important things in life.

The Black Dot

kirkI heard this inspirational story the other day and thought you might also enjoy it.

One day, a professor told his students they were going to have a surprise quiz. He handed out the quiz, placing it facedown on each student’s desk. He then asked the students to turn over the paper. To everyone’s surprise, there were no questions – just a small black dot in the center of the paper. The professor told them, “I’d like you to write about what you see on the paper.” The students looked very confused but completed the project. At the end of class, the professor read each response out loud. Every single student wrote something about the black dot, either explaining its size or position on the page.

Then the professor said, “I’m not going to grade you on this, instead, I just wanted to give you something to think about. No one wrote about the large, white portion of the paper. Instead, everyone focused on the tiny black dot. The same thing happens in life – we tend to focus on only the black dot – whether it be a frustration or problem, a fight with a friend, the lack of money, or other issues. In reality, the dark spots are tiny when compared to the blessings in our lives, yet they tend to monopolize and pollute our lives.

Here’s the way I see it: When you focus on problems, you will have more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you will have more opportunities. We’d love to offer a creative solution for your next challenging printing project. And remember, other printers may be nearby, but nobody comes close.

The Seasons of Life

kirkHere’s a thought-provoking story about a man who was raising four sons. He wanted them to learn how to make wise decisions without judging things too quickly, so he sent each of them individually on a quest to look at a pear tree that was located a long distance away.

The first son went in the winter, the second in spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall. After returning from their quests, the father asked each of them to describe what they saw.

The first son said the tree was ugly, twisted and harsh, and recommended it be cut down. The second son said it was sad-looking but was starting to get green buds and seemed full of promise. The third son said it was stunningly beautiful, covered in blossoms and smelling sweet. And the fourth son said it was drooping with fruit and full of life.

The man explained they were all right, but they should not judge the tree’s value because they had only seen one season in the tree’s life.

Here’s the way I see it: Just as you should never judge a tree by one season, you should never judge a person by one difficult season in life. After all, no matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.