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What guides your thinking? I got thinking this morning about that question upon seeing a fortune cookie picture on facebook. The fortune (which was posted by Make-a-Wish of Western New York) said:
"Look for someone's strength instead of weakness".
So, here is a list of items (call them mantras, sayings, thoughts, or views) that guide my thinking and planning for BonaResponds on an almost daily basis.
- Everyone has something to offer.
- It is better to go and not be needed than to not go and be needed.
- Better not perfect.
- The intended job is often the least important thing we do.
- Walking in others' shoes not enough, we need to see things through their eyes.
- People handle stress in various ways: some get busy, some get lost, and some overwhelmed.
- Ignoring a problem is not always laziness, it can be a means of coping as well.
- Even the best cars need help around some roadblocks. The same with people.
- Bumpy patches of road can be followed by many miles of smooth sailing.
- Prepare for the unexpected, but act before all is certain.
- Bureaucracy kills (spirit and sometimes people).
- We can't do everything, but we can do something.
- There are always a million reasons not to help, help anyway.
- A small job to society is often an enormous help to those helped.
- Much can be accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit.
- Many hands make light(er) work.
- All voluntary activities must be "win-win".
- What type of group would we be if we only helped when it was convenient?
- At the end of the day, it is all economics. But the measuring stick is not merely dollars and cents, but utility and well being.
- Make a positive difference
- Some people are especially tough to please. There is probably a reason.
- Showing up is not enough, but it beats the alternative.
- Have a positive value added (EVA in finance, WAR in baseball, plus in hockey).
- Don't forget opportunity costs. The cost of one job, is another.
- Life is filled with randomness. Your position at the top or at the bottom is in part random.
- Little things matter. Ripples (both positive and negative) can start with a little splash.
- People are good. Conditions and circumstances can hide this but the truth eventually shines through.
- Take care of the big things and the small things will take care of themselves. Money is a small thing.
- Helping some, is better than helping none.
- We are all neighbors in universe space.
- Sometimes all it takes is a smile and a kind word.
- Everyone is a role model.
- No one is perfect.