“We have to go into the despair and go beyond it, by working and doing for somebody else, by using it for something else.” – Elie Wiesel
I love language. When reading a book, I’m always fascinated by the way great authors assemble words to form powerful messages. Like master chefs, writers take the basic ingredients – the words available to all of us – and deliver marvelous creations.
A word that has been in use a lot lately is “essential”. Only essential businesses are allowed to remain open. Only essential travel is permitted. Only essential employees should report to work.
Is your business essential? Is the trip you make to the store essential?
Are you essential?
“When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves.” - Viktor E. Frankl
On New Year’s Day, many of us make resolutions to improve ourselves in the coming year. We may want to lose weight, quit smoking or continue our education. Or maybe, save money to take that trip we’ve always dreamed about.
Whatever the resolution, we challenge ourselves. Of course, that undertaking is added to the others we face at work and in our personal lives. How can we overcome all these challenges?
“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett
“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” – Nelson Henderson
Lately, I’ve been thinking about my parents. A lot.
It started with finding a stack of letters my mother had saved. They were letters I’d sent to my parents when I was in the military.
“Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.” – Josh Billings
One day in 1981, a friend of mine asked me to cover for her for a few days at her part-time job. Little did I know that that favor would be the beginning of a life-long love affair……………………………with mail.