This last Wednesday, I joined some of my fellow S and M, brothers, Sales and Marketing, from our Volkart May Years, who supported each other as a business development team 2-5 years ago. Hal Marten and I went through training in data base update and the various aspects of VMA's tools. We talked of the "old times", when Jan May, the heart of the company in my experience still supported the folks in the call center. Brett Herring, who was not there to share in a sip of barley brew, a St Olaf grad whom I had worked with in the 2000 US Census was still a trainer then and those of us who would be locally outsourced to companies as a "Staff Now" participant. While at VMA I enjoyed working in a variety of companies, from medical device, to powder coating, parts for vendng machines while the home base had regular projects from software sales, Adytum to Cognos and the early mainstay, HP, until they merged with Compac and the calling for lead generation was taken in house. Such a variety, Ed Horner who had sold insurance, Jimmy Yanta, talked about his strong faith in Catholic Christain love. His dad recently passed over and Jimmy is raising 5 children and teaches them to honor the natural world. Joe Tilli, the irasible gesticulaing Italian and Hal and Jimmy were engaged in a "best practices inquiry" and it was fun to see how different each of us is, and how the hybrid vigor of the group was so successful. Rodney Botts, a Texan firmly on the other side of the tracks in Midland from George and Laura Bush, talke of his passion for a job transition group the meets at the Loring Park Dunn Bros Coffee each Monday nite.
My prayer and action for today - acceptence and love:
Elder's Meditation of the Day - February 7
"I can tell you that understanding begins with love and respect. It begins
with respect for the Great Spirit.All things- and I mean ALL things-have
their own will and their own way and their own purpose; this is what is to
--Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE
Everything on earth has a purpose and is designed special. No two things are
created identical. Sometimes in our minds we have a picture of how things
should be, and often what we see is different from what they really are.
When this happens we often want to control how things are, making them act
or behave according to our picture. We need to leave things alone. God is
running all things. How do we do this? In out minds we tell ourselves to
love all things and respect all things just as they are. Accept what we
Great Spirit, teach me the value of respect and help me to accept people,
places and things just as they are.