Wednesday, August 31, 2016

“The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.” ― Albert Einstein

Dr. Seuss Quote.
Today is Wednesday, the last day of this month, August 31, 2016. Many people get all excited because Wednesday is the middle of the work week. It is called hump day as in getting over the hump for the week. I suppose I missed out on this sentiment as with me each day has always been pretty much another day. Sure, I am aware of it being part of our cultural way of dealing with the daily grind but I just never could make it that much of an importance. To me. I think I've often heard this refrain from those close to me, "Why do you always have to be different?" You already know that I wouldn't even know where to start on that one, and, I'm not so sure it's even true. I suppose what is implied by that question is that I perhaps am a contrarian. I think that term first originated within the stock market to point out someone who went against the flow of conventional wisdom and has now come to mean a person who opposes or rejects popular opinion. I, at times, do get a little weary of people getting ready to tell something and pointing out that everyone in the room will likely be interested except for me. Don't get me wrong, I'm not offended at all because typically they are right, but, it stings ever so slightly to have it pointed out. Now some may be thinking I could do with some mental health assistance, however, I don't think there are enough professionals or couches to get their arms around this mass of conglomerated confusion. That was mostly just word play. I thought conglomerated confusion was a neat combination. I'm not sure I've ever seen it in print.

Okay. I admit it. Some days I do throw words on the electronic page without really having a clear reason in mind for doing so. It's like I'm having my own personal brainstorming meeting but I'm the only one who showed up. On time, I might add. Way back when I had a large organization to run I was in quite a few of those team idea-seeking, problem-solving, or brainstorming sessions. They were at times useful but often they ended with very little brain or storm. As for the results from those attended only by me, myself, and I, well, you likely see some of that when you take the time to read my blog. It has been reported that on a worldwide basis, some 175,000 new blogs come on the scene daily. Are you kidding me? Believe me. I've read a lot about why folks participate in the blogging venture. It can be an aid in learning new things. It helps one to think more clearly. It should improve your writing ability. It can be challenging. It can sharpen your observational skills. And, most importantly I would think, it gives you a forum for sharing information that you think might be of interest to someone else. In my case, it also allows me to share what little spiritual insights I've been permitted to learn and since that often involves quoting from The Scriptures, well, God has said something very special about the sharing of His Word. " My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do." (Isaiah 55, Verse 11) What a promise! Now would be a good time to think of that Awesome word that is, unfortunately, in today's world tagged to just about any and all things that happen. Okay. Back to throwing words on the page. Stay tuned.

The other day I received a message from a lady who worked for me many years ago. She was an outstanding worker. In her message, she said she had recently retired. She said her employer had offered her a buyout retirement deal that she couldn't refuse. I remember hiring her as an early twenties type person. She helped run our network hotline group that assisted those using our services when they had problems. She was good at what she did. She was also fiercely loyal. After a couple of years of her being in our department, I learned she had coined a nickname for me. She had begun to refer to me as 'Daddy'. It caught on. I never heard anyone say it to my face but I knew many were using it. It went like this: "You might want to check with Daddy before you make any plans." Hey, I can think of a lot worse they could have called me, and, I'm aware of some bosses that did have some very ugly nicknames. My point in telling this little story was the feeling I had when she told me she had retired. It was like one of my children being old enough to retire. I suppose 'Daddy' was a pretty good name for me back in the day. I will tell you this. The organization we were a part of was top notch. I will always be thankful for all that we accomplished in support of our Company. And, if that included me being called 'Daddy', well, so be it! Have a great rest of your middle of the week, hump day Wednesday, and Lord willing I'll see you next time here in the electronic meeting room. Take care. God bless each one. Amen. ....More later.

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