A Helping Hand

kirkOne day, a first-grade teacher asked her students to draw a picture of something they were thankful for. The teacher quietly walked around the room and watched as most students drew pictures of their pets, toys, or favorite food. One young boy caught her attention, as he drew a simple picture of a hand. Curious, the teacher asked the boy whose hand this was. The boy looked up and replied, “It’s your hand.” With a heartwarming smile, she recalled the many times she offered her hand to teach him how to hold his pencil, help him with his homework, help him when he fell, or help him tie his shoes.

Here’s the way I see it: Even though people may not always say thank you, they’ll never forget a helping hand. Our team is always available if you need help with an upcoming print project. Remember, other printers may be nearby, but no one comes close.

Press On

kirkI read a story about a man who was looking for an easy way to strike it rich during the gold rush. He purchased some equipment with hopes to mine gold. After a few days without finding any gold, he became frustrated and tired. He sold his equipment to another man who resumed mining where he left off. This man was very ambitious and determined to succeed. He worked tirelessly for days on end and struck gold a few weeks after taking over, not far from where the first miner stopped digging.

Here’s the way I see it: J. Calvin Coolidge said it best, “The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race.”

As printers, this slogan has a special place in our hearts, but it holds true regardless of industry or task at hand. If you need help reaching the finish line with your next big printing project, our team is here to help!

The Way I See It

kirkTwo cat friends were out prowling the neighborhood together when they stumbled upon a big, delicious-looking piece of cake and started fighting over it. The first cat said, “It is my cake because I saw it first.” The second cat said, “No, it is my cake because I picked it up first.”

A monkey came along and overheard the cats fighting over the cake. The monkey said, “I can help by dividing the cake into two pieces so you can share it equally.” The cats agreed and handed the cake over to the monkey.

The monkey split the cake into two parts, but quickly shook his head and said, “Oh no! One piece is bigger.” So, he took a bite of the bigger one. Then he said, “Oh no! Now that piece is bigger…” and he continued taking bites in an attempt to make them equal until the cake was gone, leaving both cats disappointed.

Here’s the way I see it: When you quarrel amongst friends, someone else is most likely to gain from it.

Be the Person

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I recently read these inspiring words of wisdom by Lori Deschene, and I thought you would enjoy it as well:

“Be the person who breaks the cycle. If you were judged, choose understanding. If you were rejected, choose acceptance. If you were shamed, choose compassion. Be the person you needed when you were hurting, not the person who hurt you. Vow to be better than what broke you—to heal instead of becoming bitter so you can act from your heart, not your pain.”

Here’s the way I see it: Every morning, we get a chance to be different. A chance to change. A chance to be better. Don’t miss your chance!

 

The Way I See It

Make the Leap

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Five frogs are sitting on a lily pad. Then one decides to jump off. How many are left?

Many people will automatically assume the answer is “four,” however, this is not a math test. Instead, it is a life problem. The correct answer is “five.”

While one frog may have made the decision to jump, the necessary action (to jump) is still missing. And so, all five frogs are still sitting there on the lily pad.

Here’s the way I see it: Actions speak louder than words. Be the frog who not only decides to jump off the lily pad but then actually jumps

The Way I See It

kirkI heard a heartwarming story about a generous man who owned a small grocery store and enjoyed showing generosity to the underprivileged kids in the neighborhood.

One day, a ragged boy was admiring the fresh produce. “How is your day going?” the man asked the boy. “Fine, thanks. I’m just admiring those peas. They sure look good!” The man asked, “Would you like to take some home?” “No, sir, I don’t have any money.” Then, the man smiled and asked, “Do you have anything you could trade me?” The boy replied, “All I have is this prize marble.” The man held the blue marble up to the light and inspected it, saying, “She’s a dandy! But do you have a red one like this at home?” The boy nodded. The man said, “I’ll tell you what… take this bag of peas home with you, and on your next trip, let me take a look at that red marble.”

The store owner loved to bargain with the kids and would ensure they went home with food for their family. For example, when the boy came back with his red marble, the man decided he didn’t like red after all, and sent them home with a bag of produce, asking them to come back with a green marble or an orange marble on their next trip to the store. Several years later, the store owner died. At the funeral, a line of young men stood at his casket, each proudly placing an exquisitely shined red marble under his hand.

Here’s the way I see it: We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds. Kindness is the mark we leave on the world.

Which One to Invite?

kirkHere’s a little fable that got me thinking, and I thought you would also enjoy it.

One day, a husband and wife noticed three old men with long white beards sitting in their front yard. The couple went over to them and invited them to come in and eat with them.

“We do not go into a house together,” they replied. “Why is that?” the wife asked. One of the old men explained, “His name is Wealth,” he said, pointing to one of his friends. Then, pointing to the other man, he said, “He is Success, and I am Love.” Then he added, “Take a moment to discuss which one of us you’d like to invite in your home.”

Perplexed, the couple went back inside, and the husband said, “Let’s invite Wealth. It would be great if he could fill our home with wealth!” The wife disagreed and said, “I think we should invite Success.” Meanwhile, their daughter was listening, and jumped in with her suggestion: “Would it not be better to invite Love? How wonderful to have our home filled with even more love!”

The family agreed, and they went outside and asked, “Which one of you is Love? Please come in and be our guest.” All three men started walking toward the house. Surprised, the wife said, “But I only invited Love?” The old men replied, “If you had invited Wealth or Success, the other two of us would’ve stayed out, but since you invited Love,wherever he goes, we get to go with him.”

When the Sun Rises

kirkI really enjoyed this short, but sweet, comparison about a deer and a lion, and I hope you like it, too:

Every morning in Africa, when the sun rises, a deer awakens, knowing it has to outrun the fastest lion or be hunted to death.

Every morning in Africa, when the sun rises, a lion awakens, knowing it has to outrun the slowest deer or be starved to death.

Here’s the way I see it: It does not matter whether you are the deer or the lion. When the sun rises, you’d better be running at your best. And remember, our print shop can help your business look its best in print every day. Let us know how we can help!

The 99 Club

kirkI heard a story about a very wealthy king who lived long ago. Even though his life was filled with luxuries, he was not happy or content. One day the king met a poor man who was very happy and joyous. The king asked, “You appear to be a very poor man… how are you so happy?” The poor man said, “Your majesty, my family and I don’t need much. We have enough food to fill our bellies, a roof over our heads, and each other to keep us happy.”

The king was not satisfied with the man’s answer, so later that day he sought advice from one of his trusted advisors. The advisor said, “It’s obvious that man has not become part of the 99 Club.” The king asked, “What is the 99 Club?” The advisor replied, “To understand it, just place 99 gold coins in a bag and leave it on the man’s doorstep.”

After a long day in the fields, the man saw the bag on his doorstep. He took it inside and let out a great shout of joy when he discovered the bag was filled with gold coins. After counting it several times, he wondered, “What could’ve happened to the last gold coin? Who would leave just 99 coins!” After becoming exhausted looking everywhere for the last coin, he decided to work harder than ever to earn a gold coin to complete his collection. From that day on, the man’s life was changed. He became overworked and grumpy. He was upset with his family for not helping him achieve his goal to earn the one-hundredth gold coin. All he could think about was the coin he longed for.

After witnessing the dramatic transformation, the king’s advisor said, “Your majesty, the man is now part of the 99 Club, which is made of people who have more than enough, but are never content, because they’re always striving for the one extra thing that will make them happy.”

Here’s the way I see it: Charles Spurgeon said it best, “It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.”

Maintaining a Work/Life Balance: Why Perspective Is Key

ThinkstockPhotos-697895326.jpgWork/life balance? No problem, right? But then those daily tasks start to add up and your nights start getting longer. You start going in on the occasional Saturday, then the “frequent” Saturday. Pretty soon you’re so bogged down with your “to-do” list that you can’t even think about taking that vacation with your family.

Maintaining a proper work/life balance is a challenge, sure – but it’s also a lot easier than you might think.

Enjoying Life is a Task, Too

When the pendulum that is your work/life balance begins to swing decidedly in the direction of “work, work, work,” you start to encounter a few key problems almost immediately. You’re trying to do too much at the same time, and the quality of work tends to suffer. You’re also getting burned out, which leads to less getting done because you lack the motivation to push on when you need it the most.

This is a large part of the reason why experts agree that you should look at downtime for what it is: a mission-critical task that you need to preserve your productivity throughout the week.

As you begin to build your schedule each week, make sure to add leisure activities at strategic points when you’ll need them. Don’t be afraid to add “go to the movies” to your calendar for Thursday, or pencil in that lunch with your old college friend on Monday afternoon.

If You Want to Move Up, Plan Some Down Time

Human beings NEED downtime to stay efficient. It’s a way to periodically re-charge our batteries. It’s the reason why people say you shouldn’t cram all your studying into the night before a big test in college and should instead break your coursework down into smaller, more manageable chunks in the weeks proceeding that moment. The former is an absolute recipe for disaster, and the latter supports the way your brain operates.

If you add in leisure items to your list of things to do, you’ll enjoy the added benefit of being able to check them off said list throughout the week. When you do this, it releases endorphins into your brain – meaning that you get a boost of satisfaction from having accomplished something, anything, and you get to take a mental breather at the same time.

None of this is difficult advice to follow – all it requires is some perspective about the things that matter most in life. Yes, work is important, but actually living your life is important, too.