Happy Old New Year!

Happy Old -New Year to all my Ukrainian friends!

I had just sat down in a coffee shop when an old man opened the door and called to the ladies behind the counter in a surprisingly powerful voice? “Can we carol?”

Because of the layout of the coffee shop, all the carolers — ten or so — surrounded by table. When they finished another man threw grain on me. Down my shirt. Intentionally. :)

6 thoughts on “Happy Old New Year!

  1. Ed K

    Surely a rich American tipped them all…

    How did the guy know you were a single male?
    Can we assume you just looked the part?

    Let’s cut right to the chase, if you spent less
    time in your favorite coffee shop and more
    time writing we would have had books…

    So what if it is cold and dark? Use an illegal
    incandescent light and wool shirt and write.

    Who was that famous Soviet writer from the Gulag?

    If you published the damned book, it would free
    you to achieve greater things, yes?

  2. Ed K

    The Art of Exceeding Expectations by gary ryan blair

    The distance between those who achieve their goals
    consistently and those who spend their lives and
    careers merely following has everything to do with
    one’s ability to go the extra mile.

    Search wherever you will for a single sound argument
    against the principle of going the extra mile, and you
    will not find it, nor will you find a single instance of
    enduring success which was not attained in part by
    its application.

    From parenting children to managing a staff, the
    true leaders in any field are willing to go farther
    than anyone else…the extra mile.

    YOUR ability to elicit behavior that goes above and
    beyond the call of duty is a key asset and competitive
    weapon, one that is extremely difficult for competitors
    to imitate and virtually impossible to ignore.

    In today’s competitive environment, it’s simply
    not enough to just show up and do your work.
    Simply stated, superior performance is not, never
    has been, nor will it ever be the by-product or
    ordinary efforts!

    YOU must embrace the fact that in order for you
    to remain competitive, then it’s in your best interest
    to learn what it takes to go the extra mile and
    exceed expectations at all times.

    Take just a moment and reflect on the people
    you work and come in contact with on a daily basis.

    MOST of those people are not hard acts to follow…
    and that’s exactly why a commitment to excellence
    is the ultimate competitive advantage.

    The great part about excellence is that it is
    achieved via QUALITATIVE, not quantitative shifts in
    developing skills.

    What that means is a focus on developing assets
    such as the quality of your thoughts, expertise, image,
    leadership, and reputation are priority #1.

    Why? It’s actually very simple as an improvement
    on your qualitative assets, guarantees an improvement
    in your quantitative results.

    Street Sweeper Being part of a qualitatively different
    world or environment where excellence is expected and
    practiced is the key to achieving excellence.

    The following quote from Martin Luther King beautifully
    demonstrates the meaning of a qualitative shift and
    how it pertains to personal excellence.

    “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should
    sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven
    composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should
    sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and
    earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”

    The moral of this message is simple: Focus on the
    quality of your work, and demonstrate excellence in
    every way, shape and form.

  3. Ed K

    Please note that previous posting was for Elmer and Andrii…

    “BOLDNESS AND COURAGE are the greatest resources you have.”

  4. Ed K

    So which dialect of Ukrainian will this
    alleged document be in?


    “Greatness is not in where we stand,
    but in what direction we are moving.
    We must sail sometimes with the wind
    and sometimes against it—but sail we
    must and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”
    —Oliver Wendell Holmes


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