The Weight Of Your Burdens

The Weight Of Your Burdens

The other day I had numerous burdens on my shoulders.

At one point I stopped my worried thought and said to myself “I have all these worries and not one of them is of my doing.”

Not one of them came about because of a decision I had made or course of action that I had chosen. Yet here were these burdens I was carrying on my shoulders.

Now I dealt with each one of them the best I could and in a few days they were lifted, but at any time they could and probably would revisit.

I asked myself “Why do people place these burdens on me?”

I thought that would be a good subject for a post but as I started to write this piece a number of days removed from the situation I realized only one person placed those burdens on my shoulders. Continue reading

The Truth Can Be Hard

The Truth Can Be Hard

Here’s another Bible passage that spoke to me:

Jeremiah 23:17

They say continually to those who despise my word “Don’t worry! The Lord says you will have peace!”  And to those who stubbornly follow their own desires they say, “No harm will come your way.”

Months after I wrote a note about this verse I had to think why did I write the note?

I wrote the note because it’s another example of how words that were written over 2000 years ago can still be applicable today. Continue reading

Listening, Better Customer Service For Life

Listening, Better Customer Service For Life

I had an experience that reinforced something I already knew.  It helped me see something that I need to improve.

This happened after I had completed the written sales agreement on my old house up north.

That house had been paid off for a number of years but I also had a home equity line of credit with an institution that will remain nameless.  The balance on that line of credit had been zero for a number of years but I decided to keep it open for any unforeseen emergencies and besides it cost me nothing to keep it open.  But now since my home was under contract I needed to close it and get the lien removed.

Six weeks prior to this experience, right after I had signed the sales agreement I started the process of trying to close the account.

I’m not going into the details of what transpired over those six weeks but let’s just say six weeks later and a number of phone calls it wasn’t closed out.

After six weeks the list of poor customer service actions grew to the point of I had enough. Continue reading

The Chuck Norris Of Your Office

The Chuck Norris Of Your Office

Luke 12:48

But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.

I think we have all experienced this in everyday life, probably at work, at least that’s what comes to my mind.

You screwed up at work but you have a good boss.  They know you haven’t been properly trained and you didn’t know what you were doing was wrong.  So you still have to take your lumps and fix it, but you’ll get some help and support.

How about when you are the “go to” guy or gal?  You understand what needs to happen and how to get things done.

So when the work has to be done and done right, and even though you are up to your eyeballs in other tasks, guess who they come to?  Not the office screw up, no they come to you.

It sucks, but that’s just how it is everywhere.  Continue reading