Home Spun by Jim Olson
Bringing Yourself with You
No matter where you go—there you are! LOL
There is an old story I am reminded of which goes like this: A new plant opened in this particular town and they were hiring. Folks from several neighboring towns were moving there in search of employment.
One day, this old man, who had a little country store on the edge of town, was lounging on his front porch. The new plant's manager sat with him to observe people as they came into town.
Pretty soon, this old boy comes along and with a big ‘ol smile and says, “Hey there fellas, I’m new to town, just came in looking for a job at the new plant. How are folks around here?”
The old man answered a question with a question, “Well stranger, how were the folk where you came from?”
To which the man said, “They were a wonderful group. I wouldn't have left but for the possibility of work.”
The old man answered, “I believe you will find the people around here to be a wonderful group as well.”
A little while later, another fellow came along, and with a grumpy look about him asked for directions to the new plant. Then he said, “By the way how are the saps around here?”
The old man again answered a question with the question, “Well there stranger, how were the folk where you came from?”
To which the man said, “They were an awful lot. Nothing but a bunch of gossips and back-biters.”
The old man said, “I believe you will find the people around here to be an awful group as well.”
This little scenario went on for a while with the plant manager watching in interest. Each time a traveler would ask, “how the folk were around here,” the old man would let them know that they would probably be like they were wherever they had just came from, good, bad or otherwise.
Finally the manager asked about this, “Why do you tell all these guys they will find the folk around here to be good, or bad, depending upon how they answer your question as to how the people were where they came from?”
The old man grinned and said, “You know, there is good and bad in all people. There is good and bad in all towns for that matter. It pretty much just boils down to how you, yourself, see folks. If you are always looking for the good in someone, more often than not, you will find it. Likewise, if you are always looking for the bad in people, you can find that also. Remember this, people are people, but no matter what, you always bring yourself (and your outlook) with you.”
The plant manager was glad he stopped that day to observe. He learned a lot about people and later applied this at his new job. He turned out to be one heck of a manager.
This old story has a lot of depth to it. If you always have a negative attitude about things, you will most likely get a lot of negative results—a positive attitude will also bring about like-kind results.
Dr. Wayne Dryer wrote, “See the light in others and treat them as if that is all you see.”
And Leon Brown wrote, “Life is a reflection of what you think. If your thoughts are negative, the world you see will be the same.”
Remember, people are just people. Places are just places. Some are obviously better than others, but there is good and bad in all of them. If you don't like where you are at, or who who associate with, take the advice of the great, Leo Tolstoy, who said, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself!”
Jim Olson © 2017
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