Tao Te Ching
When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.
Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.
Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn’t possess,
acts but doesn’t expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever.
States of the Unions
Panera Bread and the Medal of Honor
Two happenstance occurrences yesterday inspired and informed me on the power of appreciation and affection.
Panera Bread and Starbucks are two of my hangouts for writing HiddenOpps, a book about the workplace. In the morning I was at the next table to a divisional manager and a store bakery chef meeting between men of two generations. What radiated were the smiles, mutual personal interest, encouragement, and an appreciation for coaching and learning. The next time you are in a Panera location watch the interaction between managers and staff and between the employees and customers. There are consistent good vibrations.
Afternoon in my study I came across a live streaming video from the White House where President Obama was about to confer the Medal of Honor on Vice President Biden. The genuine display of appreciation and affection of these two men for each other and their families are remarkable for any relationship of eight years, much less one with their dynamics.
These reflections of personage and culture do not occur unintentionally. Both were a blessing to experience.