I watched the embedded movie below this morning and cried my eyes out. Glad no one else was around to hear my blubbering mess. Pets can be instrumental in our journey of learning to love and healing. Little messengers from God with a mission to make our lives better through their unconditional love and fierce loyalty. I had a dog like that. Her name was Gracie. I’ll forever be indebted to her for showing me a lot about love… unconditional love. I miss her a lot. Grab a tissue or 10 and watch this video. It’s a Vimeo community choice award winner directed by Eliot Rausch.

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I have seen this before, but ran across these powerful words tonight and they reminded me of why I do what I do. Why I choose to be a Go-Giver.

To anyone reading this: Please don’t give up on your dreams. Don’t allow all the haters out there discourage you… especially the clueless oafs who have lots to say about you without even really knowing you. Don’t give them any power to discourage you from doing your greatest life’s work – the work you most likely perform out of a place of passion rather than the need for compensation. Do it anyway!


People are often unreasonable,
illogical and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind,
people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful,
you will win some false friends and true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you;
Be honest anyway.

What you spend years building,
someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness,
they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis,
it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

Mother Teresa

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I had the privilege of meeting Dan Cathy, President and COO of Chick-Fil-A, a few months ago at the recreate conference in Franklin, TN. He has such a passion for serving people and creating raving fans. I know I’m one of them. Chick-Fil-A has consistently been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember. His heart and willingness to go against the grain of most fast food restaurants is what makes Chick-Fil-A stand out as a superior eatery.

This video is a great example of how we should always think of and treat every client we deal with. Everyone is coming from “somewhere” and we never know how much of an impact we might have on their lives and businesses.

Every Life Has a Story from Dan T. Cathy on Vimeo.

Every Life Has A Story – Chick-fil-A from Dan T. Cathy on Vimeo.