The Way I See It

kirkA kindergarten teacher was helping a boy with a math question and she asked, “If I give you one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?” The boy confidently answered, “Four.” Surprised, thinking the boy didn’t listen properly, the teacher asked again, “Listen closely this time… If I give you one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?” Seeing the look of disappointment on her face, the boy hesitantly replied, “Four.”

Assuming maybe the boy didn’t like apples, she asked, “If I give you one strawberry and one strawberry and one strawberry, then how many you will have?” He replied, “Three.” The teacher smiled victoriously and asked one more time, “Now, if I give you one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?” Without missing a beat, the boy again replied, “Four.”

Confused and becoming slightly annoyed, the teacher asked how that could be possible. The boy smiled and replied, “Because I already have one apple in my bag.”

Here’s the way I see it: When someone gives you an answer that is different from what you expect to hear, don’t always assume they are wrong. If you’d like answers to all of your printing questions, we’re here to help!

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A Bag of Tomatoes

kirkOne day, a school teacher asked each of her students to bring a plastic bag of tomatoes to school with the number of tomatoes equaling the number of people each child dislikes. Some children brought a bag of two or three tomatoes, while others had up to 20 tomatoes.

The teacher then told the children they had to carry the bag of tomatoes with them everywhere they went for two weeks. As the days passed, the children started to complain about the awful smell of the tomatoes, and some also complained about the heavy weight of the bag.

The teacher explained, “This is similar to what you carry in your heart when you dislike people. It makes your heart bitter, and the effects of negative feelings get heavier and stronger every day.”

Here’s the way I see it: Every time you let go of negativity in your life, you make room for positivity. Let us know if we can help with any upcoming printing projects so you can focus on the more important things in life.

A Team Attitude

kirkI heard a comical story about a man who got lost while driving through the countryside. While trying to navigate a narrow country road in heavy rainfall, he accidentally drove off the road into a deep, muddy ditch. While he wasn’t injured, his car was stuck in the mud, so he walked to the nearest farm.

He asked the farmer if he could help him pull his car out of the ditch. The farmer nodded and replied, “Yep, Warwick can get you out of that ditch,” as he pointed to an old mule standing in the pasture. The man looked at the small, old mule and had his doubts, but he figured he had nothing to lose.

The two men walked Warwick back to the ditch where his car was stuck. The farmer hitched the mule to the car and hollered, “Pull, Fred! Pull, Jack! Pull, Ted! Pull Warwick!” And just like that, the mule pulled the car from the ditch with very little effort.

The man watched in amazement, but asked the farmer, “Why did you call out all those other names when Warwick was the only one pulling?” The farmer chuckled and said, “Old Warwick is blind, but as long as he believes he is part of a team, he doesn’t mind pulling.”

Here’s the way I see it: Emily Voyles once said it best, “It doesn’t take strength to win. It takes the true heart of the team to win.”

The Way I See It

kirkHere is a story that made me chuckle. It made me think about the challenges many businesses face when trying to keep some customers happy.

One day, a hardworking waiter asked a frequent customer how he had enjoyed his meal. The customer replied that everything was fine, but it would have been better if they had served more bread. The waiter agreed, and the next time when the man returned, the waiter doubled the amount of bread, giving him two slices instead of one. However, the man still complained. So, the waiter gave him even more bread on his next visit still without success.

On the fourth visit, the waiter was determined to make the man happy, so he gave the customer a full loaf of bread. The waiter could barely wait for the man’s reaction. After the meal, the man looked up and said with a smile, “The meal was good as always, but I see you’re back to giving only one piece of bread.”

Here’s the way I see it: Be thankful for customers who complain because you still have the opportunity to make them happy. If there is anything we can do differently for you, we’d love to hear about it!

A Frog’s Plan

The Way I See It  A Frog’s Plan

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A persuasive old frog asked two geese to carry him south with them. At first, the geese said no because they didn’t believe it could be done. After great consideration, the frog suggested that the two geese hold a stick in their beaks, and the frog would hold onto the stick with his mouth. The plan worked great, and the three-some flew over the countryside, gathering a lot of admiration for this unbelievable demonstration of creative teamwork.

Suddenly, they overheard a bystander say, “Wow! What a creative way to travel! I wonder who came up with that idea?” Without being able to help himself, the frog opened his mouth and exclaimed, “It was meeee!” as he plummeted to the ground.

Here’s the way I see it: Harry S. Truman once said it best: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

Got an important project coming up? We’d love to help you create beautiful print materials that you can take all the credit for!

 

Spilled Coffee

kirkThe Way I See It – Spilled Coffee

Take a moment to imagine that you are holding a cup of coffee. Suddenly, someone comes along and bumps into you, causing you to spill your coffee everywhere.

Now, why is it that you spilled the coffee? If you responded, “well, because someone bumped into me, of course,” that’s the wrong answer. The truth is, you spilled the coffee because there was coffee in your cup. Had there been tea in the cup, you would have spilled tea.

Here’s the way I see it: Whatever is inside your cup is what will spill out when bumped. The same is true in life. When life comes along and bumps or shakes you (which WILL happen), whatever is inside you will come out.

Take a moment to consider: Will you spill joy, gratefulness, peace, and humility? Or will you spill anger, bitterness, harsh words, and overreactions?

The Key to Letting Go

kirkOne day, a little boy was walking around his home with an old, colorful, family heirloom vase. When his mother saw him, she said, “Please put the vase down before you drop it and break it.” The boy replied, “But, I can’t get my hand out.”

Becoming frustrated, the mother said, “Surely if you got your hand IN the vase, you can get it out.” Hearing the commotion, the boy’s father came to help. He gently pulled on the boy’s arm and even tried using vegetable oil and soap to free his hand. In desperation, the father said, “I’d give twenty dollars to figure out how to get your hand out right about now.”

“Really?!” the boy exclaimed. Suddenly, they heard a clinking sound and the boy’s hand slid out of the vase. In disbelief, his parents turned the vase upside down and a quarter came out. The little boy explained that he had put a quarter inside and wanted to get it out, so he was clutching it in his hand, but when he heard he could get twenty dollars instead, he let go.

Here’s the way I see it: Sometimes, in order to move on to bigger and better things, we must let go of the little things holding us back. Next time you have a print project coming up, keep us in mind so you can let go of your worries.