December 28, 2021
Tomorrow doesn’t matter, for I have lived today ~ Horace
A young, grey cat with the greenest eyes wandered into our yard last week and made serious eye contact appearing to ask for my assistance. Not particularly a cat lover, I hoped she would go away, but after hours of continual pacing and meowing, I poured some milk into a bowl. Needless to say, Greyling knew she had found a friend and yes, I did name her.
Long story short, our house guests were afraid of cats and our Saturday night party was outside so we tried to chase her away all weekend. Greyling was determined to stay in our yard despite my sons chasing her with a noise maker and sprinkling her with water. Finally, I called around to see if anyone had a clue about this well-groomed, sweet cat, but there was no luck.
I was told by my cat-hating friends not to feed her again because my solicitous behavior was encouraging her to hang around, but that advice just felt wrong. After a few days, I drove her to an animal shelter so they could find a new family for Greyling. Before I could give up hope, a little voice said make the effort and call the community vets to see if they knew about a missing cat. The first call struck gold so I drove over and there, taped to the vet’s countertop, was a flyer with Greyling’s image; she had been missing for over a month.
I called the shocked owner who was over-the-moon that her little creature had been saved. But the real, unexpected revelation happened to me. My spirit was flying high with such joy the entire day that I just couldn’t stop smiling. I kept thinking about their happy reunion and was reminded of the pure pleasure that a simple, random act of kindness can elicit in the mind, body and spirit of all persons involved, but especially me, the one giving received the gift.
As Deepak Chopra says in Seven Spiritual Laws of Success about the Law of Giving – – Make a decision that any time you come in contact with anyone, you will give them something. It doesn’t have to be in the form of material things, it can be: a smile, compliment, appreciation, flower, attention, affection, laughter, wish, joy, blessing or love. He believes giving unconditionally and from the heart will proportionally return the same type of energy in return. Deepak offers his simple wisdom:
• If you want joy, give joy to others
• The more you give, the more you will receive
• Anything that is of value in life only multiplies when it is given
• The easiest way to get what you want is to help others get what they want
I wrote the above blog in 2016, however, it resounds even more deeply in today’s edgy world. Modeling and practicing these universal laws of giving and receiving supports a communal personality within Ribbit, our enlightened data analytics company. This shared persona becomes the spirit of our internal team which is then dispersed externally to clients and their customers. Eventually, this personality becomes the backbone of customer loyalty, RIBBIT’s most valuable asset and gift.
Our team at RIBBIT hopes your holiday is filled with kindness, joy, support, hope, health, positive energy, and love!
The word remote is such a lonely word, bringing up images of an isolated cabin in the woods, hungry wolves prowling about, and potentially a shortage of food and supplies. Today’s remote office/branch office (ROBO) is often the polar opposite of the Hansel and Gretel version. ROBO is usually set up in the employee’s house often located in a separate town, state, or country from the company’s main office.
Never be afraid to fail. Failure is only a stepping stone to improvement ~ Tony Jaa
I remember my young daughter’s disheartening basketball coach yelling at the team “don’t shoot the ball unless you are going to make it.” Naturally, the team was afraid to shoot the ball so they never scored enough points to win. An enlightened coach would have said “shoot the ball until you make it.” Giving the girls permission to miss the basket without fear of blame would have released their potential. This same philosophy in the workplace is liberating: push yourself, learn from mistakes, and use your knowledge to improve. Slam dunk!
It’s great to be great, but it’s greater to be human ~ Will Rogers
One of my father and husband’s favorite TV characters was Andy Rooney, who appeared at the end of every 60 Minutes episode with a short critique on the condition of the world. Andy was the dessert at the end of the informative and serious news program, culminating with a rise of his bushy eyebrows, a twinkle in his eyes, and his witty, often acerbic insights about the way things were. And was often said, he could say so much with just a few words.