Get busy living or Get busy dying.

February 19, 2010

Brooks Hatlen (James Whitmore)
[in a letter to Red after being released on parole] Dear fellas, I can’t believe how fast things move on the outside. I saw an automobile once when I was a kid, but now they’re everywhere. The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry. The parole board got me into this halfway house called “The Brewer” and a job bagging groceries at the Foodway. It’s hard work and I try to keep up, but my hands hurt most of the time. I don’t think the store manager likes me very much. Sometimes after work, I go to the park and feed the birds. I keep thinking Jake might just show up and say hello, but he never does. I hope wherever he is, he’s doin’ okay and makin’ new friends. I have trouble sleepin’ at night. I have bad dreams like I’m falling. I wake up scared. Sometimes it takes me a while to remember where I am. Maybe I should get me a gun and rob the Foodway so they’d send me home. I could shoot the manager while I was at it, sort of like a bonus. I guess I’m too old for that sort of nonsense any more. I don’t like it here. I’m tired of being afraid all the time. I’ve decided not to stay. I doubt they’ll kick up any fuss. Not for an old crook like me.

Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins): Remember, Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies.

The Shawshank Redemption


The right stuff

December 31, 2009

The very best to family and friends in 2010.


Tyranny is a by-product of cowardice

December 5, 2009

Well-dressed torturers are not just in developing nations.

Lots of people feel they have no choice but to do their “duty” or be replaced. They don’t like intimidation per se but, hey, Everybody’s got to make a living, right?

This is an interesting article where a former prisoner mentions:

…the men who arrested him were “handsome. In nice suits, with ties.” As one cuffed his hands behind his back, “I could hear the sound of his heart pounding, he was so afraid.”

This trauma counseller at the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, Ph.D.  and author of Torture in the Age of Fear has this to say:

No matter what he worked at for money, he always knew that…he could maintain his sense of pride and self through giving comfort to others. “Extending your humanity to others, you realize your own humanity in this way.”

Do franchisees that betray the other actually think they will escape future consequences?

They may fail to appreciate the sign.

Franchisees are much more powerful than Franchisors, if…

November 27, 2009

Why do franchisors resist franchisees meeting together?

Because they know something that franchisees fail to appreciate.

A persistent, even half-assed organized group of small fish can influence directly, immediately any sized franchisor.

This is their greatest fear.

But franchisee leaders need time and training to aquire the skills to lead. Frequently, franchisees are not really people that work well in groups or have much experience in them. This skill deficiency is used against them.

Binding these little Pac-Mans together is tough work. It’s too much to expect a franchisee who is risking his own life savings to do everything: legal, website, financial, marketing, fund raising, etc. He or she needs help: from empathetic outside experts and a group of active franchisee volunteers.

Leaders burn out in a matter of months (which makes Big Fishy tres 🙂 )

Think of a politician: For every paid member of a political party, there are probably 500 volunteers doing the non-glamourous but necessary day-to-day activities. They do it because they believe in the principles of democracy.

Each franchisee should realize that they need to volunteer to do the same ($ are only the start).

Rights are not given: They’re taken by groups of little fish from the big fish.

Great souls demand alliance

November 24, 2009

[franchisees] …a people so primitive they did not know how to get money, except by working for it.

Great souls by instinct to each other turn,
Demand alliance, and in friendship burn;
A sudden friendship, while with stretched-out rays
They meet each other, mingling blaze with blaze.
Polished in courts, and hardened in the field,
Renowned for conquest, and in council skilled,
Their courage dwells not in a troubled flood
Of mounting spirits, and fermenting blood:
Lodged in the soul, with virtue overruled,
Inflamed by reason, and by reason cooled,
In hours of peace content to be unknown.
And only in the field of battle shown:
To souls like these, in mutual friendship joined,
Heaven dares intrust the cause of humankind.

— The Campaign (1704)

Blessings may appear under the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let him have patience, and he will see them in their proper figures.

The Fear of Death often proves Mortal, and sets People on Methods to save their Lives, which infallibly destroy them.

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the human soul.

Some virtues are only seen in affliction and some in prosperity.

Man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter.

It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others.

The greatest sweetener of human life is friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.

If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.

Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.

Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Joseph Addison

So long you loser hosers.

November 12, 2009

AustralianFriendNot much time today, I’m afraid.

I’m busy putting my house in order.

I’ve applied for a job in Australia.

When the Holy Franchise Empire collapses:

  • which country will be the last to shatter like a crystal vase? (the Excited States of America)
  • which country will be second last? (Canuckistan)
  • the first?

My peers are setting a banquet here, here, here, here, and (especially) here.

Oh how I will enjoy the bugs…

I always thought an ombuds function would be quickly corrupted by the usual suspects.

Go figure: I was wrong once in my life 😉

Commonwealth means recognizing wealth as a common good, to some degree. My Dad always spoke very well of these people

There’s a Darkness on the Edge of Franchising

September 19, 2009

ForestshadowEverything’s that is real has a shadow.

Doesn’t it?

Talking about the dark shouldn’t threaten the very core of the light side.

Should it?

Being cast out/ inside your life is a fearful place. Some realize:

  • others have gone before them,
  • you have new found companions if you choose to see, and
  • the trail inward always appears as a journey.

Shake the cobwebs from your mind.

Wake up from your sleepwalk, regain your footing, and use your new knowledge for the tribe. Take heart and have faith.

It’s just about time.

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