I recently took a trip to visit my twin brother in Alaska. Funny how long drives in Gods beautiful green earth, can have an introspective effect. I was struck with the openness and honesty of so many of the people I met along the way.
Casual strangers willing to let you into their journey in life and eager to pass on lessons they have learned along the way. After returning home I couldn't help but replaying in my mind the conversations with these perfect strangers and wondering why in many of my relationships I gloss over some of the most important broad life concepts in favor of banal, tedious information required for the completion of a given task.
In a small reaction against this. I have decided on our customer care survey we send upon the completion of each floor to ask ask this final question. "If you could pass on 1 lesson you have learned in life, what would that be?" I am so excited to read the surveys and post lessons as they arrive. These are your responses so far:"Not to be overly judgmental" - Donna Korphage"Trust your instincts" - Cathrine Travers"To read at least 1 book a month. Reading opens worlds and strengthens the mind." - Timothy Hobert"Faith = Trust" - Patricia Ward"Don't sweat the small stuff. Go with the flow." - Tania Dragavon"Try to keep growing, learning, improving." - Tim Wiggins"If all you ever learn in life is that there is a lesson to be learned in everything (and you love to learn) You've already learned everything in life that there is to learn." - H. Finn"Make sure you have the right priorites" - Cricket Koch"Go for the Best!" - Robert L."Honesty is always the best policy" - Janet Serros"Fair + Honest = Integrity" - Dave Peters"God wants the best for his children so never settle for less in the way you treat others & the way others treat you. God Bless & Thank You!" - Lori DeVecchio"To remember things change... if you want them to or not" - Christine Ramos"Don't borrow a jack. (Don't assume you know what someone will say or how they will react to a situation") - Jane Tyak"Nothing is perfect and life goes on" - James Peek"Try to Make the most out of what you have" - Jennyfer Alamo"Live within your means and keep out of debt." - Oscar & Betty Francis"Time Goes By Fast. $#!% Happens" - Jon Graffigna Jr."Always give the best & it will return 10 fold! "- Gloria Sahagun"You could run a business on referrals alone so good quality work gets referrals. Thanks for a great job." - John Chambers"Never judge or assume. Always be open to new experiences or views." - Akalia Sidener"Quality, cleanliness and a positive customer experience MATTERS!" - Kenneth Ambrose"Be honest & respectful" - Corey & Holland Filippini "Ability will never catch up with the demand for it" - Isaac Wilson"Trust, until you have reason not to..." - Lenora Bigelow"Be Kind" - Julie Hyske"To treat people as you yourself would like to be treated" - Joe Penner"Stay close to the Lord & Read the Bible" - Melanie Williams"You get what you pay for" Roy Ramacetti"Try to let the other person know your listening to them" - Ester Oki"We're all on earth to serve. Do your service well & unto God & he will reward you!" - Karen Ryer"Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have done to you" - Darlene Richardson"Be a person of integrity" - Terry WardLet go of the small annoyances in life because it goes too fast. Treasure every moment with loved ones because you cannot get those moments back. – Joe and Yvonne SolariAlways do the right thing! (When in doubt, the right thing is usually the hardest thing) – Edmond and CharleneIt pays to be honest and take pride in your work – Elise ForbesEveryone who is successful works hard, however everyone who works hard is not successful. You need to work smart!– Pat and Debbie Shurnis.Treat people like you want to be treated. – Justin JacobsShowing up on time is of utmost importance. – Tory PrescottTreat others as you wish to be treated – John and Sandra GraffignaKeep the truly important things in life on the top of the priority list – Stevan and Dawn ReynoldsTo buy quality - not price - Carol ScottA job worth doing, is worth doing right! - Fred and Lonnie HankerNot Somehow....but Triumphantly. - Sandy HuberBe wary of hiring family members to do work in the home = ) - Duane & Angela L.Treat people as you would want to be treated. - Mike & TerriaMy Grandma told me to smile at everyone. They may be having a bad day. - Marvin & Yvonne SterniSomeone else knows more than I do and what's more, they understand it better! - John & Mary LittleTravel lots + do adventurous things in your healthy youth + early adult time. Thanks for asking. – Charles & Mary StarrDon’t sweat the small stuff – Kevin & Michele McGuireWe lose our loved ones too quickly – don’t say someday when I have time I am going to go and spend time with “person’s name” – you might not get that chance. Chores aren’t going anywhere – they will always be there, but loved ones may not be. – Curtis & Carol KramlichFeel good about the workers that do your job – Richard & Barbara Hardmeyer"Trust your instinct"-Catherine T., East Sacramento, CAWith God, all things are possible! - Bill & Terry A.Success comes from your own motivation & your ability to motivate others. - Tom & Barbara T.Never tush to any conclusion - Orin and Maril R.Trust but verify - Tom J.Be positive - Alice K.Don't take friendships for granted - STEP UP - it takes effort and concern - Tom & Judy K.Always smile & be happy "it's contagous" - Scott N.Be positive always - Greg & Vera P.Always treat others as you wish to be treated. - Janet S.Golden Rule - Darlene R.Love life as you live it - Terry S."Stuff" Happens! Don't sweat the small things! - Kevin M.Mean what you say, say what you mean. - Claude & Aurora J.Be mindful of how your actions may impact/affect others. - Louanne M.DON'T BE AFRAID - GO FOR IT- Dee M.Pray about everything, with praise and thanks giving. - Alan & Jeryl P.Do your research, do it right the first time! - Sergio VBe Kind, Be Kind, Be Kind! - Meghan HThat one is always better off than the duck... - Michael F.Be Positive. Enjoy what you have instead of wishing you had more. - Dave & Sue W.Be truthful. - Terry & Pat H.Smile and be honest always - Robert W.Love your neighbor as yourself : ) - Allie M.Slow down and enjoy life more - John A.Keep in touch with friends! - Stan & Eileen M.Integrity - Jason B.Look for the opportunity in a situation rather than crying over spilt milk. Mike & Cindy, G.God comes first. - Chuck & Betty S.Don't hold on to resentments. - Pat C.Perfection is overrated - wholeness is underrated. Learn to appreciate every aspect of yourself- dark, light, weak, strong. Each aspect has a gift to offer. Wehn we learn thie, then we can use our whole self in the service of love. - Todd L.Don't drink or smoke. - Terry R.Be reasonable in your expectations and most people will surpass them. - David S.Be humble, not prideful, and keep your word. - Ted S.Never pursue something you're not willing to accept once you achieve it. - Mike Z.Under promise, and over deliver. - Bill E.Be reasonable in your expectations and most people will surpass them. - David S.Be humble, not prideful, and keep your word. - Ted S."Just roll with it, baby.- Steve Winwood" - Nick L."...With God all things are possible" (matthew 19:26) - John S."Live your life from the end. See yourself as an elderly person looking back on your life. What is it that you want to do in your life to make it a life well lived? You now still have the opportunity to change things if needed, so you don't have any regrets and feel as though you have let your life pass you by." James S."Everyone has a cross to bear, so be patient and kind." - Loretta R.