Who couldn’t use a little motivation to get this Monday started off right? We have a busy week ahead of us, and there is no doubt things won’t always go our way. Today we share 3 short stories that may just be the reminder you need so you can start the week with a positive attitude. Check out the website for more content www.bcbousa.com
Another busy week has begun, and while there will be obstacles and disappointments throughout the day there is no reason to start the day off in a bad mood. Start off high and positive and ready to handle whatever the world throws at us. Dan is excited for the week, and after reading a few short stories decided to share a few that may be the reminders we all need.
The first story is a reminder of how much time we have in a day. 86,400 per seconds a day. It may sound like a lot, but it goes by quick. Once you run out, you can’t borrow any or loan out for more. Whatever time you don’t use wisely is lost. Forever. The moral of this story is to make sure you are using your time wisely. Are you working on the things that are important? That bring you joy? That will bring you closer to your goals? Or are you scrolling social media and wasting your time on other tasks that do not feed you as a person or your company? Spend your time wisely.
The second story speaks your value as a person. A speaker at a convention stands up and holds up a $20 bill. He asks the 200 people in attendance who would like this $20 bill. All 200 hands go up. The speaker then crumples up the $20 bill. Who still wants it? All hands stay up. He then drops it to the ground and stomps all over it. Who still wants it? All hands stay up. The speaker reminds everyone that the reason they all still want the $20 bill is that even though it has been crumpled and is now dirty it is still worth $20. It has not lost its value. Whatever happens in our lives, however many times life crumples us up and makes us dirty, our value does not change. You are special. Don’t let the negative things that happen in the world diminish how you see yourself or take away from you know you are capable of.
The final story is about potatoes, eggs, and coffee. A chef boils three pots of water and in one pot places potatoes, in the next eggs, and in the final coffee. He boils each pot for 20 minutes before taking the potatoes and eggs out and pouring the coffee into a cup. His daughter, who is upset with her life and feels there is no reason to go on, does not understand why he is doing this. He asks his daughter to touch the potatoes which are now soft, to peel the egg which is now hard boiled, and to sip the coffee which smells so good his daughter could not help but smile.
The father tells his daughter that even though all three were subjected to the same treatment, each responded differently. The potatoes, which were hard and unrelenting, were now soft and weak. The egg, with its thin outer shell and liquid interior, was now hard on the inside. The coffee beans were unique. After being exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new. Which are you? he asked his daughter. When adversity knocks, how do you respond? In life, things are going to happen all around us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us.
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