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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!

“Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.”
Albert Camus

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A SMILE AND A HANDSHAKE

Nothing like back to back, out of town family visiting, with major dental work sandwiched in the middle, to knock the blog right out of me. Where did the month of June go? All in the name of summer fun!

I guess you might say it gave me time to reflect a bit about business related events happening around me. I was reminded of an employee who worked for our window cleaning company back in the mid 1990’s. He was a troubled fellow who had moved here from California with his mom. He sort of wore his problems on his sleeve, and would often complain about whatever was occurring in his life.  For the most part, he completed his work regardless of his personal problems.

Once, after a long couple of hot days, he came into my office madder than a hornet, ready to jump on anyone who got in the way. I cannot remember what he was upset over, but he made it clear that it was my fault and our company was treating him badly. He quit and stormed out of the office without giving me any notice. I was frustrated, feeling somewhat deserted by a person who I had accommodated more than once when he needed help.

Then something very unusual took place. Within 10 minutes, he walked back in, looking like a sad little puppy.  He did not want his job back because he knew he needed to make a change, but he wanted to apologize for taking his stuff out on me. He told me that he knew it was all about him, not me or my company. I will never forget that incident.

This young man wanted to take responsibility for his behavior.  I don’t even think he thought of me in terms of a future reference. He just wanted to make things right.  To this day, I have appreciated that more than he could possibly realize. I am sure it made me a better employer.

Because that same business is still family owned, I am aware when upsets occur. Only the faces have changed. The types of employee problems remain the same. In a small business, it is hard to always keep business and personal separate. Employees have bumps in the road that you end up knowing about, and because you care about them, it is hard not to be involved. Empathy is appropriate, but you also have to remember that the survival of the business itself has to come first or no one will have an income. 

Recently, there was a similar upset that did not have the same ideal ending. Different lessons to be learned, I guess. Hopefully, the upset, and now terminated, employee will on some level want things to get repaired. Life will go forward, and somewhere in the future it will become obvious that when a change is needed, a smile and a handshake work best.

Another thank you to that honest window washer who needed a change. You showed me that no one has to be made the bad guy.

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BEING GRATEFUL

It really amazes me that I was somewhere in my fifties before I realized that it was impossible to feel gratitude and negativity ( overall word chosen to describe anything that disturbs my peace) at the same time. This may sound simplistic, but I find it a useful tool when I get stirred up. Recognizing what I can be grateful for right now usurps all the stuff that is out there in the universe ready to distract me if I let it.

Today, Memorial Day, is a day to reflect on gratitude. My kids…all five of them…are lucky to know their father. He is around to tease them or advise them. He was not that lucky. His dad died in WWII at the age of 20.  He is one of so many who fought for all of us to have freedom. 

Whatever you do today, remember to pause and take a quiet moment to be grateful. It might just start a habit. 

Frank’s Flag

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A WINDOW MELODY

You know me, if it has to do with windows I will find it.  And, if you can add Josh Groban singing along with it, that’s even better.

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The For Your Windows store will be offering some new items soon, ones that I want outside my windows.  In the meantime,  why not hire a professional to clean your windows for fall. I had mine cleaned today by My Window Man, and they look wonderful.

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IMPROVE YOUR OUTLOOK ON LIFE

The window cleaning guy I live with always promotes window cleaning by mentioning it will, “Improve your outlook on life.”

Yesterday, I got this email from my sister – thanks Linda – and I proceeded to research where it comes from so I could give credit. I found it on many blogs, but I still have no idea where it originated. But, I do know for sure I have to post it here. After all, it is about clean windows.

A young couple moves into a new neighborhood.
The next morning while they are eating breakfast,
The young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.
“That laundry is not very clean”, she said.
“She doesn’t know how to wash correctly.
Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”

Her husband looked on, but remained silent.

Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry,
The young woman would make the same comments.

About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a
Nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband:

“Look, she has learned how to wash correctly.
I wonder who taught her this.”

The husband said, “I got up early this morning and
Cleaned our windows.”

And so it is with life. What we see when watching others
Depends on the purity of the window through which we look.

It really is much easier to change how we view the world, as opposed to attempting to change what’s in it. 🙂
Good reason to keep all our windows clean.

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RAMBLING REFLECTIONS

I always enjoy highlighting a window cleaning business in my blog. This morning I decided to feature the company with the first post I saw on Facebook that was a window cleaner I was friends with. Fortunately, I found one who set the theme for my day.

REFLECTIONS WINDOW CLEANING not only sets a great example in the business, its  well presented website reflects genuine customer service from the heart. If you live in or near Spokane, Washington, make sure you check them out for window cleaning, pressure washing or gutter cleaning. 

Later in the morning, I went to a weekly study group I attend. We talked about how we see beauty, and how it is a reflection of love or a higher power.  It reminded me of how I seem very attracted to artwork and photos that show reflections. Lately, I have been learning how to use my right brain a bit more and paint with watercolor pencils. Ponds that have reflections in them seem to jump out and grab me.

This was on of my favorite ones to use as a model.

Later today, this all led to me studying more about reflections and mirror images. If you want to learn a bit about mirror images, check out  Amoeba Crunch. It explains quite well how reflections occur. Clean windows allow wonderful reflections.

I warned you I was going to ramble.

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FRANKLY SPEAKING

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.
– Abraham Lincoln

Like I did last year, I am displaying Frank’s Flags to decorate my blog for the Fourth. We lost Frank this year, but his flags will live on.

We will be celebrating the holiday outside our windows on the patio with family and friends, sans any fireworks. If you live in New Mexico, please refrain from lighting anything. And, no matter where you live enjoy your weekend.

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BEYOND THE CALL

I always take advantage of  a window of opportunity to comment on anything that hints of “windows to the soul.”

This weekend, I hope we all remember why it is a holiday weekend, especially since it most likely is not a  holiday for our troops out there risking their lives.

Of course I want to display Frank’s Flag first.

Uncle Frank died this year, but I want to mention he served our country when he was a young man. His brother, who was also my husband’s father, fought in WWII and lost his life in the Battle of the Bulge.  He was hardly more than a teenager himself at the time, and he never really knew his son who was just a toddler then.

 Douglas Dieckman

Fast forward to present time, about 60 years later. I recently got back in communication with my friend Chris from my teenage years. Not sure how she managed to live through it, but in 2006 her son Richard was killed in action.  It feels right to honor him as well.

Richard Henkes II

These two young men are only a representation of many who risk their lives, or even lose them.

Join me in gratitude this weekend.

 

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BECAUSE I’M THE MOM

Hopefully, you are ready for Mother’s Day, and you bought your Mom some window cleaning. I wanted to mention windows at least once, although it is my blog and I suppose I get to highlight whatever I want.  

In that case, I will keep it short. Wherever your Mom is, tell her you love her.  Be grateful if you still get to spend time with her. 

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

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SHARE YOUR ASSETS

“We are all spiritual beings having a human experience.”  WAYNE DYER

Every Tuesday morning I attend a breakfast business meeting. It isn’t really a leads type group; it has more of an inspirational and educational flavor to it. This morning we conducted a round table kind of meeting and discussed how we could all grow our businesses, including the group itself. This kind of support is invaluable.

The fact that we are all “spiritual beings” dealing with the same issues on the same planet Earth should influence all of our actions each day. And, this definitely includes how we treat our customers and business associates. Sometimes, I just feel like stating the obvious, especially since I do not always remember it myself.


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