Wednesday Words

To Go Where Your VisionPoints, a few inspiration points for you and your business.

When a dog runs at you,
whistle for him.
—Henry David Thoreau

This is one of my favorite quotations, and it fits in so nicely with observing this week: One man’s panic is another man’s opportunity. I ran it past my daughter as I sometimes do, to see what she thought of it.

“What if you can’t whistle, like me?” She demonstrated with some puckered-lip blowing and a harsh tweet or two.

“No, not a real dog. It means take a situation that’s not what you want, and bring it to you sooner, try to turn it into something exciting and positive and unexpected.” I raised an eyebrow, hoping to see her give me the aha! look.

“What exactly do you do with something, that’s not what you want?”

“Well, that’s the problem, isn’t it? It depends on the person or the business.”

“Oh.” Whether that was an “oh” of “I see,” or of “this one’s a dud,” I don’t know. It was her last word on the subject. To me, Thoreau’s words are a superb metaphor for looking at things in a new light, especially in turbulent times.

Can you turn a panic situation into an opportunity? How have you reaped the rewards of standing fast when others turn and run?


Grow and be well,

Kelly Erickson