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.

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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.

An Honest Smuggler

kirkLong ago, James the smuggler was leading a donkey with large bundles of straw on its back. An experienced border inspector spotted James coming toward the border. “Stop, sir. What is your business here?” he asked James. “I am an honest smuggler,” James replied with a smile. “Well, I need to search those straw bundles. If I find something, you are required to pay a border fee,” the border agent said. “No problem,” James replied. “You won’t find anything in those bundles.”

The inspector searched the straw thoroughly but couldn’t find anything. He was suspicious, yet he let James pass the border. The next day, James came to the border again with his straw-carrying donkey. The border agent thought “I’ll get him for sure this time,” as he thoroughly searched the straw, James’ clothing, and the donkey’s harness. But once again he came up empty-handed and let James pass. This happened again and again for many years.

After the border inspector retired, he ran into James and asked, “It’s been driving me crazy for years… I must know what you were smuggling across the border!” James simply smiled at him and said, “donkeys.”

Here’s the way I see it: The only thing predictable about life is its unpredictability. Give us a call if you’d like help ensuring your marketing efforts don’t feel like marketing.

Thinking Like a Child

kirkOne Sunday morning, a class of first graders was learning a lesson on the plan of salvation. The teacher was testing her class to see if they understood the concept of getting to heaven, and asked the class, “If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale, and gave all my money to the church, would I get into heaven?”

“No!” all the children exclaimed.

The teacher asked again, “What if I went to church every Sunday, helped clean the church every week, and mowed their yard; then would I get into heaven?”

Again, the students exclaimed, “No!”

Feeling proud of their answers, the teacher smiled and asked her students, “Then, how can I get to heaven?”

One boy confidently answered, “You’ve gotta be dead!”

Here’s the way I see it: There is joy and wonder everywhere when you see the world through the eyes of a child. Give us a call if we can help with your next printing project so that you can focus on more important things in life.

The Company You Keep

kirkHere’s a little story I thought you might enjoy about the company you keep.

A family of parrots had a large, cozy nest in a tree. One morning, when the parents were gone to gather food, a hunter took the two young birds from their nest. One of the birds managed to escape and flew away from the hunter. The bird who escaped joined a loving family and grew up listening to kind words and compassion. The bird who was caught was put into a small cage and heard nothing but harsh, angry words from the hunter.

One day, a passing traveler stopped to rest outside the hunter’s shack. Sensing that someone was outside the window, the parrot exclaimed, “Fool, what are you doing here? Leave, or I’ll cut your throat!” Scared for his life, the traveler continued on his journey and wound up at the farm where the other parrot was. The parrot gently said, “We welcome you, traveler! You are free to stay here as long as you’d like.”

Surprised at his kindness, the traveler told the kind parrot about the mean parrot he encountered down the road. “How is he so cruel and harsh, and you are so kind?” the traveler asked. The parrot explained, “That must be my brother. While I was lucky enough to find a loving family who taught me their ways, sadly, he was taught by the hunter.”

Here’s the way I see it: We are the company we keep. Dr. Steve Maraboli said it best, “If you hang out with chickens, you’re going to cluck; and if you hang out with eagles, you’re going to fly.”

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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!

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.