Nate's Monday Morning Message

Welcome to this edition of Nate's Monday Morning Message…I hope you had a fantastic weekend filled with lots of fun and relaxation.  The things we accumulate over time are the result of our hard word and determination. Let us keep in mind that the tangible things around us are not the reason for living, but rather the result of a life lived properly. The people and the experiences we have are much more valuable than any item we may obtain. Be present in all that you do. Slow down and concentrate on the conversations you are having with your children, spouse, or other loved ones. Slow down and enjoy the funny thoughts that you may have about experiences of the past. Slow down and think about all the great people and opportunities that are surrounding you each and every day. Make a decision to truly enjoy life!

ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER...

The Coffee

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: "If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee in most cases, it’s just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.

What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups... and then began eyeing each others cups.

Now consider this: Life is the coffee, and the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of Life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee."

WORDS TO LIVE BY...

“Always do right - this will gratify some and astonish the rest.” - Mark Twain

“Be absolutely clear about who you are and what you stand for. Refuse to compromise.” - Brian Tracy

“Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph; a beginning, a struggle and a victory.” - Ghandi

“The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.” - Dale Carnegie

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.” - Vincent T. Lombardi

“Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.” - Roger Ward Babson

“Be helpful. When you see a person without a smile, give him yours.” - Zig Ziglar

“Make a habit of dominating the listening and let the customer dominate the talking.”- Brian Tracy

Have some fun this week and every week! Nate

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