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.”

The Right Ingredients

kirkOne day, a girl came home from school and started pouring her heart out to her mom about how everything was going wrong in her life. She was getting poor grades in math, her boyfriend broke up with her, and her best friend was moving away. During the conversation, her mom, who was mixing up ingredients to make a cake, asked her daughter if she’d like a snack. The girl replied, “Yes, I love your baking! It always makes me feel better.”

“Here you go,” her mom said and offered her daughter some cooking oil. “Yuck,” her daughter replied. “Then how about a few eggs?” she asked as she started cracking them into the bowl. “Gross, Mom!” her daughter replied. “OK, maybe some flour would help?” the mom asked with a smile. Finally, the girl said, “Mom, those are all gross, what would I do with them?!”

The mom simply replied, “Yes, the ingredients all seem bad by themselves, but when they are combined, they make a wonderfully delicious cake. Our lives are the same way. Many times we are discouraged by challenges in our lives, but we have to trust that we can create the perfect mix of ingredients to make something wonderful.”

Here’s the way I see it: Henry Ford once said it best, “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.” If you need ideas to get started, our team of experts is available to help you create a marketing masterpiece your customers will love. Give us a call today!

The Tattered Sack

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A young man was walking along a path when he noticed an old man sitting in the dirt, muttering to himself and tossing rocks around. He approached the old man in the dirt and asked, “What’s wrong, mister?” The man held up an old tattered bag and moaned, “Everything I own in this world barely fills this miserable, wretched old sack.”

“Wow, I’m really sorry to hear that,” the young man said, as he snatched the sack from the man’s hand and ran down the path with it. Having lost everything, the old man burst into tears and miserably started walking down the path. Meanwhile, the young man placed the tattered bag in the middle of the road a short distance away. When the old man stumbled upon his bag, he laughed with joy and hugged his bag, shouting, “My dear beloved sack! I thought I’d lost you!”

Here’s the way I see it: Gratitude is the best attitude. If you’d like help creating the perfect print piece to show customers your gratitude, our creative team would love to help! Give us a call today at 856.429.0715.

Who Doesn’t Love Free Ice Cream?

kirkHere’s a humorous little story I thought you would enjoy:

Every day on his way home from school, a young boy stops into a local barbershop to say hello. As he enters the shop, the barber whispers to his customer, “This is the most foolish kid I’ve ever met. Watch this while I prove it to you…”

The barber puts a one dollar bill in one hand, and a five dollar bill in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, “Which do you want, son?” The boy takes the one dollar bill and skips away with a big smile. “What did I tell you?” said the barber to his customer. “We play this game every day, and that kid never seems to learn!”

As the customer is leaving the barbershop, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store next door. “Hey, kiddo! May I ask you a question? Why did you take one dollar instead of five dollars?” The boy licked his ice cream cone and replied, “Because the day I take the five dollar bill, the game is over!”

Here’s the way I see it: Being underestimated is one of the biggest competitive advantages you can have. Embrace it. If you’d like help creating print materials that will impress your competition, give us a call today!

The Two Neighbors

kirkThere once lived two neighbors in a small village. One was a very poor farmer, and the other was a very wealthy man. The farmer worked very hard, yet he was always very relaxed and happy, had lots of company visiting his home, and he never locked his doors or windows. Although he was poor, he lived a very happy, peaceful life.

The wealthy man, on the other hand, was always very tense and worried. He never invited company over and always had his house locked up tight day and night. He didn’t sleep very well in fear that someone would break in and steal all his money. He envied the peaceful life the farmer lived without worrying about his possessions, so one day he brought the farmer a very large amount of cash and said, “I am blessed with wealth and want you to live in prosperity as I do.”

The farmer was thrilled with this gift but wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. He went home and turned away visitors, and locked up his house with his new fortune. That night he couldn’t sleep, in fear that someone would steal his money. He paced back and forth in his home, worrying about how to protect his money. Early the next morning, he brought the cash back to the wealthy man and said, “I appreciate your gift, but this money took away peace and happiness from me, so I need to give it back.”

Here’s the way I see it: Mandy Hale once said it best, “Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and enjoying it for everything that it is.”