Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Daily Inspiration 5-15-12

"Be the change you want to see in the world."

-- Mahatma Gandhi

I got into the car business in 1972 as a young man and it was an interesting business and experience. I saw things that I loved like cars and trucks and driving them and owning them and helping others do the same. I saw things that I hated like sneakiness, lying, cheating, and more. Heck, back then they had microphones in every office so the manager could listen. Those were torn out by law shortly after I started, thank goodness. So I was at a quandary. I loved it and hated it at the same time. What should I do?

I chose to stay and I made it a personal mission to change the business for the better. I was a salesman, so I became a manager within just two and a half years in order to try to effect more change. Fortunately the place I worked was one of the better from what I had seen and heard, and yet I was able to make some changes that I thought were very beneficial.

But the business didn't change with me. . . and for a long time, that was frustrating to me. I ended up working at several dealerships in my career of 25 years in that arena, and no matter what I tried, no matter how good I got, the business in general was ignoring me.

Of course, it would be something like going into Las Vegas as one person, working at a card table in a casino and then trying to get all of Las Vegas to stop gambling. It was a crazy goal.

I realized that all I can effect change in is my own world. I succeeded quite nicely at that. I had many accolades from people that worked for me that I was successful at doing it well and making a positive difference. I was the change I wanted to see in the world and that was all I could do. It was all I needed to do. And, it mattered a great deal to those close enough to be influenced by that change.

Sometimes, we just start thinking in areas we have no business in, when if we would just look at ourselves and what we can do in our own world, we could have a more satisfying and loving time of it. I let go of changing the world and concentrated on changing MY world.
"Love The One You're With. . ."
Spread Some Joy Today--We can only choose joy. It isn't found outside. It is a choice from within. Choose joy today!

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