The Answer is in Your Hands

kirkI heard an interesting story about an old man. According to legend, he could answer any question asked of him correctly. Two young boys heard of his wisdom and thought they could fool him, so they caught a small bird and went to his home. One of the boys held his hands out covering the tiny bird and asked the old man if the bird was dead or alive.

Without hesitation, the old man replied, “Son, if I were to say that the bird is alive, you would close your hands and crush the bird to death. If I were to say the bird is dead, you would open your hands, and it would fly away. You see, you hold the answer in your own hands.”

Here’s the way I see it: Your hands are capable of whatever goal you are looking to achieve. However, the trick is learning to use them to your advantage. If you have an important print project coming up, we’d love to help so that you can focus on more important things.

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The Story of Two Trees

kirk I came across an interesting story about a boy who visited his grandpa’s farm every summer. One year, the grandpa was getting ready to plant a few new trees, and he asked his grandson to help. He asked the boy, “If I plant one inside the house and one outside in the backyard, which do you think will grow to become the greatest tree?”

The boy quickly replied, “I think the tree inside the house will grow the biggest because it won’t have to struggle with the wind, hot sun, or freezing winters. “OK,” the grandpa replied, “We will grow one tree indoors and plant the other outside and see what happens.”

During a visit a few years later, the boy asked about the trees and their experiment. The grandpa showed him both trees. The inside tree grew very little and began to wither, while the outside tree grew strong and fast. He taught his grandson a lesson he would never forget: we don’t grow when things are easy, rather we grow when we face challenges.

Here’s the way I see it: Challenges are what make life interesting, and overcoming them is what makes it meaningful. Our creative team would love to help with your next printing challenge. Give us a call today!

The Belly vs. the Body

kirkHere is a story about teamwork and the importance of valuing every member of the team, regardless of their talents or abilities.

One day, the parts of a body realized they were doing all the work, while the belly got all the food. The body parts believed the belly was lazy and unproductive, so they decided to go on strike until the belly agreed to take its proper share of the work.

The unhappy body parts did nothing for several days in an attempt to stop feeding the belly. The hands stopped moving, the teeth stopped chewing, and the legs stopped moving. As a result of the inactivity and the starving of the belly, the legs became more and more tired, the hands could hardly move anymore, and the mouth became very dry and sore. Eventually, the entire body collapsed and passed away as the belly starved.

Here’s the way I see it: Team dynamics can be very complex. While the contributions of some team members may seem less significant than others, all roles are essential to the overall success of a team. While the talents of our printing team vary, we proudly work together to ensure a successful outcome of every project we complete!

The Way I See It

kirkHere is an oldie, but a goodie, that is a great reminder of the importance of your attitude.

A jolly, well-liked man ran a third generation family business with several loyal staff. Customers often assumed he was so cheerful because he ran a successful business, but it was the other way around. He followed a family tradition of wearing a badge on his shirt that said, “Business is Great!” They went through tough times like any other business, but he continued to proudly wear his badge. Many people asked what was so great about his business, which led to conversations about the pleasures of meeting new people, the joy of a positive working environment, and the reward of learning something new every day. No matter what attitude a person had before they visited his business, they always felt better after listening to the man’s infectious enthusiasm and positive outlook on life.

Here’s the way I see it: Winston Churchill once said it best, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” If you’d like ideas for some creative labels to inspire conversations with your customers, give us a call today!

The Cake Fight

kirkTwo big tom cats were strolling around a neighborhood after a big celebration and came across a big delicious piece of cake. They immediately started arguing over the cake.

A monkey was passing by when he overheard the two cats fighting. The monkey tried to help the cats and said, “Don’t fight, my friends. I can easily divide the cake into two pieces. Let me equally share the cake among you both.” The cats agreed and handed the cake over to the monkey. The monkey split the cake into two parts. Then he shook his head and said, “Oh no! One piece is slightly bigger than the other one. Let me take a bite of the bigger one to even them out.” After taking a bite of the bigger piece, he sighed and said “Oh no! This has become smaller now.” And he took a bite from the other piece and kept doing so until there was no cake left, leaving both cats disappointed.

Here’s the way I see it: Henry Boye once said it best: “The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.” After all, when you choose to quarrel and fight, someone else always gains.

Never Make Assumptions

kirkI heard an interesting legend about a business tycoon who gave his job candidates a special test during their job interviews. He would invite the candidates out for lunch and watch their actions closely. If they added salt or pepper to their food before tasting it, he would automatically rule them out. Why? Because he wanted people who didn’t make assumptions, since assumptions tend to be innovation killers.

Here’s the way I see it: Mark W. Perrett said it best: “If you don’t go through life with an open mind, you will find a lot of closed doors.” If you’re looking for exciting new ways to promote your business in print, our team would love to help. And remember, other printers may be nearby, but nobody comes close!

Attitudes are Contagious

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I heard a story about a 92-year-old lady who proudly got ready every morning by 8:00 am with her hair and makeup done, even though she was legally blind. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, so she was moving into a nursing home.

On move-in day, she waited patiently in the nursing home lobby with her belongings, when a nurse said her room was ready and started to describe her tiny room, so she knew what to expect. “I love it!” the elderly lady interrupted with enthusiasm. “But you haven’t seen the room yet…” the nurse replied. “That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” the lady said with a smile. “Happiness is something you decide ahead of time. Whether I like my room doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged’ it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. I have a choice every day when I wake up… I can spend my day in bed depressed about the parts of my body that no longer work, or I can get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.”

Here’s the way I see it: You may not be able to control every situation and its outcome, but you can control your attitude and how you deal with it. And remember, attitudes are contagious. May yours be worth catching.