Friday, October 25, 2019

The Widow's Dilemma

Elisha was the man that had assumed the leadership role of his mentor, Elijah, after he had been called by God to join Him in heaven. After picking up Elijah's mantle, (literally and figuratively) Elisha then begin to do God's work as well as lead the men that had previously been following Elijah. This is where we pick up our story . . .

"Now a wife of one of the prophets appealed to Elisha for help, saying, "Your servant, my husband is dead. You know that your servant was a loyal follower of the Lord. Now the creditor is coming to take away my two boys to be his servants." Elisha asked her what she has in her house and she replies that she has nothing except a small jar of oil. Elisha then tells her to ask her neighbors for as many empty containers as she can get and then after she has collected the containers to go back to her house and close the door, leaving just her and her sons.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Things That Are Already Gone (Or Soon Will Be)

Here are just a few of the things that were common place when I was growing up:

Cartoons on Saturday morning only
College Football games on Saturday afternoon only
Movies only viewed in Theaters (No VHS, Digital Copies, Cable TV, etc.) If you wanted to see a movie you had one shot, until . . .
Video rental stores - Which are also no longer around except for that one Blockbuster store in Oregon . . .
Socks - To be very specific, Tube Socks
Going outside without sunscreen
Brutal Playground Equipment (I really miss this . . . )
Zero crowds at the Beach - well, at least after Jaws came out in 1975

Friday, October 11, 2019

Surgery, Vacation Days and Super Mario Brothers

One of my best weeks I've ever had was a week spent playing video games with my brother. At the time he was stuck at home recovering from surgery during the same week that I took off for a vacation. At this time in our lives we were next-door-neighbors and he had just purchased a Nintendo NES game console. After spending a few hours playing the "Baseball" game, I suggested playing the game that he had received with the console, "Super Mario Brothers." (Plus, I was getting killed in the game of Baseball . . . )

Super Mario World was a side-scrolling platform game in which two players could work together to navigate the Seven Worlds in order to free the princess and fight Browser at the climax of the game. The team play in addition to the awesome amount of game play hooked us from the start. We decided that before the week was out, we would defeat Browser and win the game. The challenge was on.

Friday, October 04, 2019

The Hiring Dance

Raise your hand if you enjoy the experience of interviewing for a new job. Anyone? It's been my experience that even the most confident among us can be reduced to puddle of uncertainty when undergoing an interview that can influence your career trajectory.

In a previous life, I worked in retail management for over 20 years. In that time I probably hired hundreds of people and after awhile I found myself asking a variation of these same four questions:

Do you think you possess the skills, expertise and experience to perform this job?

What do you think you would bring to our team that other candidates don't possess?

Why do you think you are a good fit for our team, our culture and our company?

In what ways will you help our company make more money?