Opening Paragraphs

Reading, while listening to WQXR through my iPad and 15 year old, Bose computer speakers


Two monks were walking down a country road. They came across a beautiful young girl standing by a muddy stream, afraid to cross it by herself. One monk went over too her, picked her up, and safely carried her over the stream. He returned to his companion  and continued on their walk.

After some time, the companion turned to him and said. “What you did was wrong. As monks, we are not allowed to touch women or be in such close proximity to them.”

The first monk turned to his companion and said, “I put that girl down when we had crossed the stream. It is you who are still carrying her.”

The first monk displayed good leadership, and by being unfettered by rules and formalities, he was able to do what was needed to serve the girl. The second monk was too afraid to break the rules, so he couldn’t help the girl. The first monk abandoned all tradition and took control to create an unforgettable moment, as any good leader would.               -Simon T. Bailey

Opening paragraphs of “Be The Spark-  Five Platinum Service Principles for Creating Customers for Life”

The leaders of our company are reading and discussing this book at weekly meetings. This book is becoming part of our culture. It is so much better to be part of a forward thinking organization than one that lives in the past.

What are you reading?

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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7 Responses to Opening Paragraphs

  1. gltff says:

    Reading now: The Fleet at Flood Tide by James D. Hornfischer; The Good Shepherd by C.S. Forester.

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    • Ray V. says:

      I’ll need to look those up. Interesting titles.


      • gltff says:

        Also – How to Think Like A Roman Emperor by Donald Robertson and The Book of Job, Translated by Stephen Mitchell. Right now I have only four bookcases, two in my office and two downstairs. Since I retired I have given away a few hundred books to friends, Goodwill, and our local library.

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      • Ray V. says:

        I had done the same when I’ve downsized from a home with a actual library to a house 1/3 the size… donated over 400 books, kept a hundred or do

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  2. I am reading “Blue Mind” by Wallace Nichols and several appliance manuals to try and figure out how the stuff in my house like the oven, A/C, sprinklers …


  3. josiesvoice says:

    Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacton

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Jim Borden says:

    love the story of the two monks…

    Liked by 1 person

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