In business as in everyday life we make choices of what purpose to pursue, whom to engage or avoid, whether to answer mail, make that call, attend the meeting, leave ‘stuff’ for another day or clear the desks. We decide whether we beat the traffic to the ‘pumps’ via the take-away or hit the supermarket – and therefore make ever more decisions in the aisle of choice.
The decisions WE make set up a series of events that WE ultimately become responsible for therefore the decision based on our choice can have a huge impact.
Today friends is such a day, your decision, your choice. Here is a ‘story’ for you …
“Blessed are those that can give without remembering, take without forgetting.”
The Haircut …
One day a florist went to the barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked how much he owed and the barber replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.’
The Florist was very pleased and left the shop.
When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.
Later, a police officer comes in for a haircut and when he tries to pay the bill, the barber again replies, ‘I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.’
The policeman left the shop a happy customer.
The Next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen jam donuts waiting for him at his door.
Then a Member of Parliament came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replies, ‘I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.’
The Member of Parliament was of course very happy and left the shop.
The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen Members of Parliament lined up waiting for a free haircut.
And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the decent hard-working people of our country and the opportunists who run it.