The Librarian Pulpit

You learn something every day if you pay attention. 
     ~ Ray LeBlond
 
 Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”
     ~ Joshua 1:9
 
     Yesterday there was a Library Liaison Meeting that brought representatives from all of the western half of the county in which I live.  There were representatives from several companies with improvements/new products to share.  I learned two new things:
  1. Old dogs are knocking themselves out to learn the new tricks, so that the younger dogs can approach them, so that there is common ground.
  2. Never give a sales pitch that begins with knocking your competition.  Chances are you are starting out angry.  (An oh he was.)
     1.  The “old dog” who caught my attention said, and I paraphrase, “instead of feeling isolated, I did something that made me uncomfortable, I attended things outside our field.  I don’t know what it did/or does for those I work with, but it made me feel as if I were doing something positive. I started “tweeting” and all of a sudden, my boss started to engage me in conversation.”
    2.  I spoke with the salesperson and told him that I really hadn’t counted on a mini-political approach to his product by his leading with what he did not care for about the closest competitor. He told me he was angry because the competitor had just beat them out of a state contract.  He reconsidered his next presentation in light of what was said to him.
     Bottom line is, we can learn something new every day, even if we are considered at the top of our game, and, truly we must be oh so careful before opening our mouths and think about who/what it is we want.  How do we want to be remembered?
    Approach today with the innocence of a child, the wisdom of a sage, and the lead of the Lord who has been there, and got your back all at once.
Lord, help all the dogs to learn something new, speak in a way that they can be best heard, and reflect glory on You.  Amen
     Because of Him,
     Linda
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