Saturday, January 5, 2019

It's Part of Our Culture

60's, 70's, 80's? The question often comes up asking why do senior citizens keep working. Are they greedy or just prefer to work? Good question.

I think it's part of our culture. From childhood they are taught: Be productive. Do something useful. Don't waste time.

When I was eighteen years old I maintained five apartment buildings in Chicago. Filling coal bens, burning garbage, cleaning twelve halls in four story buildings, you name it and the janitor work had to be done. Nothing was too small and it was part of the culture.

Back in the 50's the norm and mindset was to use common sense. Isn't that why God gave us two arms, two legs, and a brain between two shoulders to use wisely?

So where are you? Do you use your God given gifts and talents wisely? Yes, work is a part of our culture and not to be ignored. 

Saturday, December 29, 2018

The Management Marker

Good managers reflect leadership skills in the marketplace. How often do you enter a restaurant and experience poor service or eat food that is questionable and ruins your appetite? I've been there.

Not too long ago a Boston Market restaurant in our neighborhood closed after many successful years. From good to poor management shifted their reputation. 

A local restaurant chain that I often enjoyed patronizing made the same demise. Poor management finally forced them to close their doors. Another good to poor management story.

Major league baseball teams is another good example of good vs. poor management. World Series champions reflect good management skills.

So where are you? Are you a good manager? Are your workers happy? Do you get a lot of customers? Is business good?

Perhaps you, the manager, need to take a better look at yourself? Do an inventory and clean out the cobwebs. Upgrade your management skills. On the other hand, if you've already arrived, congratulations. And yes, good management skills is a good marker for success. 

p.s. This Tuesday's newsletter (January 1, 2019) will share something about the unfortunate circumstances about bullying. Access your copy in the upper right hand corner of this blog and learn something interesting.  

Saturday, December 22, 2018

The Good Bad and Ugly

Human behavior is like a complex animal that is very complicated with  many components. Thus hard to explain.

Then there is the brain, another complex organ. How it functions is any body's guess. Among it's many characteristics is the Good, Bad, and Ugly of human behavior.

The GOOD shares all the elements of a good life. The desire to be appreciated and well liked with financial security brings with it peace of mind. So where is all the Good? There still is a lot of Good in the world and all you have to do is look for it. 

Unfortunately, no matter how hard we try there is a negative side.  The BAD doesn't always project a positive outlook on life. Instead, pride takes center stage along with anger and a feeling of being out of control. How often do you get angry? Have you fallen off the cliff yet? Help! I feel like I'm falling.

The en result of all this gets UGLY, if we don't make the right choices. Whenever you face a fork in the road which way do you turn? Left that leads to utter destruction? I prefer to turn right which is the way of peace, prosperity, and a happier than ever life style. It sounds like a Walt Disney fairytale. 


Saturday, December 15, 2018

Wealth is Better Than Gold

What do you think of when you think about wealth? Donald Trump? Bill Gates? Shark Tank? Maybe...

Wealth is a relative term. It means different things to many people.

To some people wealth is having lots of money or other valuable property. They work hard and sacrifice their entire life to achieve such a goal.

Wealth may be plentiful. A cup overflowing with more than you know what to do with. Wouldn't that be nice?

Then it may be having something of worth with valuable content. Perhaps information that will help you live a better life and be a better person.

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Many of my friends and I missed out on something we learned to regret. Don't let people fool you, life is a learning process.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

What is Christmas?

While the cold weather and snow blanket our town we shift our attention from baseball to Christmas. But what is Christmas?

To many folks it's gathering together around a warm fireplace next to a Christmas tree and lots of gifts. Hearts will be warmed singing Christmas carols followed by a delicious meal and a home made pie. My mouth waters just thinking about it. 

But not everybody looks at Christmas the same way. To some it is sharing happy moments while to others a very lonely time of the year.

Christmas is suppose to be a time of cheer. A colorful decorated Christmas tree, marching band in a parade, lots of toys, and Santa Clause top the lists.

As snow sprinkles on the little house in the country to some Christmas is getting together with friends and family. The time could not be better with smiling faces and lots of things to talk about. Even a good old fashion game of Monopoly will keep the folks entertained for hours.

Then there are the lonely. The folks whom wander the streets with nobody to talk to. But wait! Not all is lost. Now churches, the Salvation Army, missions, and many other volunteer groups, open their loving arms to provide a hot meal and shelter from the cold on Christmas Day. No body will be left out at Christmas.

Once a holiday meant only for a tight knit family is a thing of the past. We are all one big happy family. So enjoy and have a Merry Christmas.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Who Gets Interrupted?

Just when we think everything is OK something goes wrong. It's a total unexpected interruption that sends us spinning into a different direction. Even my love to write baseball stories is a good remedy and good distraction.

My neighbor was planning on entertaining seventeen guest on Thanksgiving Day until his water pump went out. Needless to say his good intentions were suddenly cancelled. 

The other day a severe snow storm in our town put the power out for many of our residence. All night long and for several days thereafter they learned to live like Abraham Lincoln by candlelight. 

But I wasn't excluded from the troubles of this world either when my laptop computer suddenly went dead. Without power I was dead in the water.

I'm a baseball writer. Not having a computer is like a carpenter going to work without a hammer and nails. Sometimes it looks hopeless for people with good intentions. 

From the simple to the complex I'm sure it was a weak battery. No problem, I thought. The Apple Computer people will have it fixed in no time, but I was wrong. The real problem was a broken Logic Board that prevented electricity from reaching all the necessary components, and a debilitating experience for a writer. 

Setbacks with interruptions are unavoidable. The key is to learn how to deal with them. Use Plan B when Plan A doesn't work.  


Saturday, November 24, 2018

What if...?

What if you wanted to be president of the United States, successful business man, or the best housewife and mother in the whole wide world? Wow! It sounds like a dream. Perhaps wishful thinking.

My what if... was to be a professional league baseball player. Yep! The best pitcher to come along since the invention of sliced bread.  Mix up the pitches, strike out batter's, no hitter's, and cheer thousands of baseball fans. But it never happened.

My mother said that my father was a good writer. It was in his DNA. So, with my continued love for baseball and inspired by The Walton's TV show, I wrote three baseball stories and loved every minute of it. When things don't always go your way remember that there still is hope.

The solution to your situation is simple. Pause for a moment and think about who you are. What do you like to do? What do you feel comfortable with? Make it work. Your what not an impossibility.