The story is told that when the newly hired salesman wrote out his sales report to the home office it stunned the brass in the sales department. Obviously, the new ‘hope’ was a blithering illiterate. Here is his report verbatim.
“I seen this outfit which they haven’t never bought a dimes worth of nothing from us and I sould them a couple hurdred thousamd of guds. I am now going to Chcawgo”.
(Before the sales manager could give him the heave ho, along came another letter. Fearful if he did and fearful if he didn’t fire the illiterate peddler, the sales manager decided to dump the problem in the lap of the president.)
The following morning the members of the ivory tower were flabbergasted to see the two reports on the bulletin board and this note from the president tacked above . . .
“We ben spendin 2 much time tryin to spel, instead of tryin to sel. Let’s watch those sails. I want that everybudy should read this cus I think that each one of yous should go out and DO AS HE DUN”.
In this case, attitude was the vital thing. We often confuse IQ with wisdom, brilliance with common sense, and enthusiasm with immaturity. We tend to become intellectual snobs rather than people of wisdom and understanding.
The apostle Paul wrote to the Romans about this very thing. “When others are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrow. Work happily together. Don’t try to act big. Don’t try to get into the good graces of important people, but enjoy the company of ordinary folks. And don’t think you know it all” (Romans 12:15-18).
“So go do as he dun!”
I was going through some old papers the other day and found this piece left by my grandfather. It speaks of outlook and attitude.
Guard against sensitiveness: It is mostly an affliction of age. Refuse to consider yourself slighted.
Do as much for your appearance as you can. Well-kept antiques are considered beautiful. Christ who is my strength” What an attitude!!
Morals never really change, but customs and habits do. Cheerfully scrap a bushel of your old customs to conform to the present. Customs mind you, not morals.
Remember you were once young – stay young in heart.
No one is ever useless as long as they maintain their mental vigor, though they may be physically handicapped.
Learn to be self-sufficient. You may be in the poor house one day.
Don’t live in the past. Memories may be precious to you, but unless solicited, keep them to yourself.
Be as cheerful as sunshine, and as willing to change as the weather. This attitude will add to human happiness and others will want to be around you.
“I can do all things though Christ who is my strength” (Philippians 4:13).