TREATING CUSTOMERS AS GUESTS

Get the confidence of the public and you will have no difficulty getting their patronage.

Inspire your whole force with the right spirit of service; encourage every sign of the true spirit. So, display and advertise wares that customers shall buy with understanding.

Treat them as guests when they come and when they go, whether or not they buy.

Give them all that can be given fairly, on the principle that to him that giveth shall be given.

Remember always that the quality remains long after the price is forgotten.

Then, your business will prosper by a natural process.

H. GORDON SELFRIDGE
Businessman

Fonolo

BEING ME

This is my life…my story…my book. I am the author, the only author of my life.

I will no longer let anyone else write it and be co-author.

I will accept suggestions on how to improve my story.

I will not apologize for the edits I make. People may or may not like me, but it is important to me to stay true to who I am.

~ ALAN IAN ATKINSON
Writer, Author, Storyteller

Picture Quotes

EYE ON THE BALL

Focus on your goal. Focus on your goal.

Then, suddenly you come across an unplanned distraction, an obstacle.

OBSTACLES ARE THOSE FRIGHTFUL, SCARY THINGS YOU SEE WHEN YOUR EYES ARE OFF YOUR GOAL.

“Eye on the ball”.

~ ALAN IAN ATKINSON
Writer, Author, Storyteller

Tut and Groan

EX-TRAORDINARY

Do more than your best, always! The difference between doing your best and more than your best is that little extra.

That little “extra” is what makes the “ordinary”, extraordinary.

It is pronounced as “ex-traordinary”; not extra-ordinary.

~ALAN IAN ATKINSON
Writer, Author, Storyteller

Inc

2023 is Moving Along

The fourth day of the new year is almost at its end. So, the question here is: Is everything the “same-same” as last year and the previous years?

Are the new year’s resolutions out the window by now and “we will do it at the end of this year?”

Are your goals…Goal? What is that? Some kind of football game? Are your goals in the same predicament as your new year’s resolutions?

A new year’s resolution can be a simple thing like a habit that you would like to change that perhaps will improve your overall life.

Goals – short, medium long term goals are what you want to achieve over time – save money for a holiday, reduce weight, become financially free.

Decisions…decisions. they are hard to make. Why are they left to me?

The first step to change in your life is to get out of the “same-same” mode.

Then, embrace 2023 with all you want to achieve. Some may work, others may not.

Aim for the positive. Have fun. Who knows…”Change” may just become a habit.

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS

Christmas this year: no visits to the most beautifully Christmas – decorated shopping malls and public places in Malaysia. Something that we would do every year to capture the latest, biggest, most dazzling decorations and all the festivities that come with it.

Our home will have a small Christmas tree with lights and ornaments on them. The presents will be ready for the family. Every year, Christmas is with the family.

This year, Christmas will be the same. But, this time it will be with Laura.

Yes, Jeannie and I get to spend Christmas with Laura. Jeannie and I have spent the last 3 weeks with Laura in her everyday life, here in the U.S.. It has been nothing short than amazing – that wonderful sense of love in the air even without it being spoken.

This Christmas, it will be the most joyful, so far.

We are blessed in abundance.

We would like to share this special picture, now a treasured picture of the Atkinsons – it was amongst the first of our family reunion after nearly 3 and a half years.

We, the Atkinsons, wish all our family and friends the world over, “Merry Christmas. May God’s peace be with you in abundance, always.”

We leave you with Mariah Carey’s, “All I want for Christmas is You”; specially chosen and dedicated by Laura for all to enjoy.

Our treasure

Christmas is Where Your Heart is

As Christmas is fast approaching us (5 days to go), it is kind of different how we, Jeannie and I; are approaching it this year. Wait a minute. Is this another Hallmark movie similarity?

Videos and pictures posted on the many social media platforms of the most beautiful Christmas decorations, lights, themes, live musicals and other performances and shows at shopping malls, and other public places – this has to be the best ever…until the next year.

These malls will be crowded with people. Everyone there, or mostly everyone; comes to these shopping centers to be in the “spirit of Christmas”. People shoot billions of pictures from their camera smartphones. Some may even venture to use real, full fledge cameras, you know the chunky over-sized, blob-shaped bodies (the cameras, not the owners…maybe the owners, too). Strapped, cross-strapped and tied to their torsos are camera lenses the size of bazookas and other accessories. The question is whether they will be able to get that rare million dollar shot? In the end, it does not really matter, they have the equipment, they might as well use it.

The food – yes, you can be forgiven if you go dizzy with choice. There are cakes, cookies (‘biscuits” aren’t as common these days), chocolates, sweets, savory and non-savory food; local, western, east-Asian; Malaysians love to eat.

Yes, I am talking about Christmas in Malaysia. Many Christians would be in church for days before and after Christmas, involved in mass and organized programs. There are also the little pre-Christmas and post-Christmas gatherings of friends and family members at each other’s homes.

So, it is not quite a Hallmark movie small town Christmas. So far, snow flurries only, no full-blown snowfall.

We are having a very cosy, meaningful Christmas with Laura and a few of her friends. It is our first Christmas with Laura since 2018. We are enjoying a non-commercialized Christmas.

Our Lady, Mother Mary; has always blessed, interceded and prayed for us, that all the we ask for, we will be blessed. This Christmas, we lift up all our greatest needs in health, and all that we ask for. We lift “K” https://leatherpotato.com/2022/11/30/she-said-im-all-alone/ in prayer, as would have underwent the procedure in hospital. She will be recovering in hospital over the next few days, until after Christmas.

Mother Mary has always been a guiding path in my life. Though there have been many instances where I veered off track for a bit… more than a bit, maybe. Mother Mary has always been with us and has never left us alone.

Why is Mother Mary so important in the lives of Catholics? She is the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Mother Mary has a great sense of humor. Where do you think her son got His great sense of humor from?

As we move towards the day of Christmas; we wish you and your loved ones, full of joy, peace, hope, enjoyment and laughter with family and friends.

I leave you all with “Hail, Holy Queen”, a Sister Act version. Enjoy.

PARDON MY PEPPERS

A rich and successful businessman took two of his top candidates out for lunch before deciding who would get the job.

Both of them had the same top marks and performed equally the same in all areas.

After lunch, the businessman chose 1 over the other.

The disappointed candidate who did not get the job, then asked the businessman why he was not chosen. After all, he and the other guy had the same qualifications and skills.

The businessman replied, “when your meals came, you immediately added pepper to your food before trying it. The other guy tried the meal first before adding seasoning to it. We were looking for someone who is willing to try out new ideas.

NOTE:
Last Sunday while I was out for breakfast with my family and friends; I remembered the story above. When our orders came, almost everyone began adding something to their food, whether it was salt, pepper, tomato sauce before actually tasting their food first.

I tasted my meal first. Tasted good. Did not need to add anything to improve on the taste.

MICHELIN Guide