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Monday, August 08, 2005 1:29 PM
Thought for the Day: Monday
Anita Sharpe on Business

'God is in the faces of my customers. For me, spirituality and business are related. It is really through my business that I express my love for other people and my sense of interconnectedness with the world. I use my business as a way of building my own capacity to care, and building the capacity of my customers and my staff to care. That is what I mean when I call it my ministry.'
-- restaurateur Judy Wicks


Janet Auty-Carlisle - 8/8/2005 4:39:15 PM
Wouldn't it be great if all companies came to work with that attitude?
I too am fortunate to be able to bring my love for other people and my belief in moving people forward through my coaching practise.
I love the quote by the Dalai Lama.. a wise leader indeed.
Living la vida fearless.
Craig - 8/8/2005 4:31:53 PM
Interesting idea; by that measure, anything we choose to do can be a spiritual practice. Wonder what Dilbert would say?
jukejointer - 8/8/2005 3:34:26 PM
Great quote -- that's how I feel every month when I haul my records to a local flea market and share my love of music with others. All I make is enough to support my record-buying habit, but the smiles on the faces of my customers are priceless. My challenge is how to expand my ministry without losing this face-to-face exchange. Or whether I even should expand it. Maybe I should stick to my day job and try to find God in the faces of the wretches on Capitol Hill.
Evan Brown - 8/8/2005 2:59:40 PM
This reminds me of a sentence from the Dalai Lama's book Live in a Better Way (Viking Compass 1999): 'Just as you calculate how successful your business was at the end of the day, and you count in terms of monetary value, similarly at the close of the day, you should check as to what kind of life you have led -- whether it was a positive or negative one.' (p. 102)


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