Wednesday, May 19, 2010


"Fate – everything happens for a reason. And when fate happens, look for the good in it, as it is there."  ~ Author Unknown

Today was my hubby's last day of work after nearly 10 years with the same company (although they switched names AND owners several times, but that's irrelevant).

While the news is unexpected, we are cautiously optimistic that this will either be temporary as indicated, or that this is a first step towards a larger picture for us. 

Mixed feelings abound today, so I'm not going to say much.  It's not really my place.  I know that my husband is an incredible employee, with a work ethic that is not found much anymore.  I know that he is smart, loyal and reliable and that we will bounce back from this, ten times higher.

I love you, sweetie - I'm right beside you, holding your hand every step of the way.

Ironically, one of my co-workers sent me this email today and I thought it was hilarious - and may act as a refresher course for those who need it!  I've made it PG, because my son loves to peruse my blog! :)

The Six Lesson Management Course

Lesson 1:

A man is getting into the shower, just as his wife is finishing with hers, when the doorbell rings.  The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs.  When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next-door neighbour.

Before she can say a word, Bob says, "I'll give you $800 to drop that towel..."

After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob.  After a few seconds, Bob hands her the $800 and leaves.  The woman wraps herself back up in her towel and goes back upstairs.

When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks, "Who was that?"

"It was Bob, the next door neighbour," she replies.

"Great," says the husband.  "Did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?"

Moral of the Story:
If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.

Lesson 2:

A priest offered a nun a ride.  She got in the car and crossed her legs, causing her gown to reveal an ample amount of leg.  The priest nearly caused an accident.

After recovering, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg.  The nun said, "Father, remember Psalm 129?"

The priest removed his hand.  But after changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again.  The nun once again said, "Father, remember Psalm 129?"

The priest apologized, "Sorry, Sister, but the flesh is weak."

By this time, they had arrived at the convent.  The nun sighed heavily, thanked the priest and went on her way.

On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129.  It said, "Go forth and seek, further up, you will find glory."

Moral of the Story:
If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great opportunity.

Lesson 3:
A sales representative, an administration clerk and their manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp.  They rub it and out comes a Genie!
The Genie says, "I'll give each of you just one wish."
"Me first!  Me first!", says the administration clerk.  "I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world!"  Poof!  She's gone.
"Me next!  Me next!", says the sales representative.  "I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life."  Poof!  He's gone.
"Okay, you're up," says the Genie to the manager.
The manager says, "I want those two back in the office after lunch."
Moral of the Story:
Always let your boss have the first say.
Lesson 4:
An eagle is sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing. 
A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, "Can I also sit like you and do nothing?"
The eagle answered, "Sure.  Why not?"
So the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested.  All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.
Moral of the Story:
To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.
Lesson 5:
A turkey was chatting with a bull.  "I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree," sighed the turkey, "but I haven't got the energy."
Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?" replied the bull.  "It's full of nutrients."  The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree.
The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch.  Finally, after a fourth night, the turkey finally made it to the top of the tree and was proudly perched there.
He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.
Moral of the Story:
Bull Sh#t may get you to the top, but it won't keep you there.
Lesson 6:
A little bird was flying south for the winter.  It was so cold that the little bird froze and fell to the ground in a large field.  While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him.
As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow poop, he began to realize how warm he was.  The poop was actually thawing him out!
He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. 
A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate.  Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.
Moral of the Story:
1.  Not everyone who sh^ts on you is your enemy.
2.  Not everyone who gets you out of sh^t is your friend.
3.  When you're in deep sh^t, it's best to keep your mouth shut!
Thus ends the 6 Lesson Management course - I hope you learned something! :)


  1. Good luck with the changes... we have been in your shoes before and everything has worked out for the better.. there is a reason.. love the email you got too ture....

  2. Sue, I agree completely with Laurie. I don't think we know it at the time, but it usually works out for the better. Dennis and I BOTH went through this in the same year, and I can say that we're much better off now. Gary is an amazing guy and any other employer would be lucky to have him. I know most ex-McGillers have said it, but for me it couldn't be more true ... it was maybe the best thing that happened to me. I'm so much better off. A little poorer in the bank account, but so much richer in other ways.

  3. {{{hugs}}} Sue. It's true, everything happens for a reason. Have faith, and I'm sure things will work out for the better.

  4. How on earth did I miss this? Great e-mail to uplift the situation. xox


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