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Monday, April 23, 2012

Take Action

Two daily newsletters that I get have merged to become this post.  The gist of both is this:

Take action.

The first one I received from Mary Morrissey.  She speaks of going twenty-one days without complaining.  To take corrective action as you see fit instead.  Here's the link for this one:  http://marymorrisseyblog.com/mary-morrissey/complaint-free-by-mary-morrissey/,

The second one I received from the Nightingale-Conant people.  The article was entitled "Communicate Effectively — Keep It Simple; Make It Clear" and written by Zig Ziglar.  Here's the link to it: http://www.nightingale.com/Newsletters/513.aspx?promo=INLA513N#continue.

I'm pulling out one complete paragraph from within the above-referenced Zig Ziglar article on communication, which follows.
Sometimes we communicate without saying even one word.  When Benjamin Franklin lived in Philadelphia, he recognized the need for street lights, but things were different in those days, and city governments did not have budgets to light streets.  Franklin took action and erected a beautiful post in front of his home with a lantern on top.  At dusk he lit the lantern but said nothing to anyone about it.  After three or four nights, a neighbor followed suit, then another.  Soon the whole street was lighted, and it spread across town.  Franklin’s example sent a simple but effective message and demonstrated again that example is the best teacher.
I love that excerpt.  It shows the power of one.  Of the individual.  Each of us counts, singularly and as part of a group.

Couple these two insights with a quote by Dr. Philip E. Humbert which I found this week at his website http://www.philiphumbert.com:  "Being busy is not the same as being productive" and I just had to share them all.

Make this and every day count.  Take action.

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