November 08, 2017

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The Serenity Prayer - your attitude is everything.

Yesterday I took some clothing to the dry cleaners I frequent.  The lady who helped me is a woman I have know for a few years.  She is an older lady who has had a most challenging life and I have always admired her strength and attitude.  She was raised in an abusive family and her ex-husband kidnapped their young son and she was unable to locate her son until he was grown.  The ex-husband passed away a few years ago and she was able to reconnect with her adult son who is now in his 30s.  This made her extremely happy.  

I had not seen her for a few weeks and the last time I saw her I noticed that she was simply skin and bones.  She had lost a lot of weight and said that she had a challenge eating.  Although she is exhausted and ill, she still goes to work and never misses a day.  In fact, she is required to fill in when other employees call in sick or do not show up for work.  This lady is totally amazing.

When I talked to her yesterday, we discussed her weight loss and she told me that she is 63 and does not have health insurance because it would cost her over $500 per month and she would rather "have a roof over her head".  She won't be eligible for medicare for another year and a half.  She told me that she can afford a doctor"s visit and she is unable to pay for any blood work or treatments.  She said that she rather not know what is wrong with her declining health if she is unable to have treatments.  She went on and said, "I'm dying.  You know, I'm ready to go. I've had my life and I am ok with it."  My heart sank!  

I don't know what a person who works at a laundry mat makes, however, it simply can't be that much and she is unable to get "Affordable Healthcare".  The United States is a prosperous country and we help "under privileged" people and nations AND what about our people?!?!?!  I realize there may be options for her, however, she is tired, overworked and ill and is not motivated to seek out government options.  She doesn't have any family to help her out and she is a prideful, honest person.  This lady has resolved to let nature take it's course.  She said that she is alright with what happens and IF she makes it to 65, she will go to a doctor and seek treatments.  Again, this is sad AND her attitude of being grateful for what she has, for her life and for her job was humbling for me. I then thought of the Serenity Prayer.

The Serenity Prayer is the common name for a prayer written by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr[1][2] (1892–1971). The best-known form is:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
November 01, 2017

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Importance of preserving your treasured items.

This past weekend I was going through some old jewelry boxes and found some jewelry that belonged to family members that have now passed away and some jewelry that was given to me by my parents when I was a small child.  In fact, I have a small necklace that was given to me when I was a baby and I have a baby picture of me with that necklace on.  These are treasured items and I want to keep the memory alive for my family members by telling the story.  How about putting the items in a frame with a picture of the loved one who gave the item to you?  And, wouldn't this make a wonderful gift item?  You can also type or write something up and that can be included in the frame.  There are limitless possibilities.  Remember, there is no memory of an item found in your jewelry box after you pass away. Keep the memory alive and protect the treasured item. We are also able to customize verbiage on the mat!  We are always honored to frame treasured items.  Call us and we will assist your frame design.

October 30, 2017

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The importance of UV protected glass.

In 2011, Professional Framing Company decided to use 99% UV protected glass in all of our frames.  How come?  Let me show you a live example.  In the pictures above, on the right you see a lithograph of an architectural rendering of the Georgia Southern Sweetheart Circle.  On the left, you see an earlier print that was in a frame with standard glass and was hung on a wall in a room where there was mostly florescent lighting.  Look closely at the print on the left, you can see the original print around the top and right side of the print.  I made a notation of this at the top of the print.  These lithographs are a limited edition and are signed and numbered by the artist.  Look closely at the bottom left of each lithograph, you will see the number of that print. 

I realize many people may think this was created in Photoshop and I assure you that it was not.  I took this picture with my phone.

Imagine what natural sunlight, incandescent lighting and florescent lighting can do to your documents.  We chose to go with UV protected glass back in 2011 because we believe that you want to preserve and protect the items you frame.   We also believe that you deserve a superior product for a reasonable price. 

 

October 29, 2017

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It's almost Halloween!

I love dressing up for Halloween and going to costume parties!  People are so very creative.  I have the thought that adults may enjoy Halloween more than children.  Do you enjoy dressing up for Halloween?  We want to see your picture and how creative you are.  Post a picture on our facebook page.  Happy Halloween!

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October 28, 2017

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Halloween fun for everyone!

I have been seeing all types of pumpkins at the grocery store, churches, grocery stores, Walmart, Home Depot....they are everywhere!  I was in the check out line at the Walmart near my home last Sunday.  There was a very cute little girl and her family in front of me.  The little girl appeared to be about 3 years old.  She had a small pumpkin in her hand and her mom and her dad each had a pumpkin in their hands as well.  The cute little girl was very excited about getting the pumpkins.  She was dancing around, hopping, pretending as if she was going to eat the pumpkin, she simply was excited.  At one point, she asked her mom if she could carve her pumpkin right then.  The mom asked her, "You want to carve the pumpkin while we are standing in line at the store!".  The little girl paused and considered the question before she answered with a resounding "YES".  I giggled as I thought of the innocence of the child and how she only wanted to have fun.  She even made standing in line fun as she was joyfully, and unknowingly, entertaining her parents and the people standing near her.  She reminded me of when I was a little girl with no concerns other than having fun.  Are you having fun?  Are you willing to take the tasks in your life fun?  Perhaps while standing in line at a store, instead of become annoyed or impatient, you reflect on happy things and a big smile will come up on your face.  When this happens, observe the people around you. See who smiles back. Happy Halloween!

October 27, 2017

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How do you enjoy Halloween?

Do you enjoy decorating your yard and home?  Do you and your family enjoy scaring yourself almost to death by watching horror movies?  Do you enjoy dressing up yourself, your family and your pets?  Halloween is only a few days away.  We would love to know what you enjoy doing on Halloween.  Visit our facebook page and tell us your story.  We can't wait to hear from you.  Happy Halloween preparations!

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August 26, 2017

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Rise Above Both Success and Failure

We have to have frustrations. You just have to learn how to live with them.  Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, but don't allow yourself to be made a fool of by either success or failure.  You have to learn how to rise above both success and failure.

ROBERT FROST

Sit on the Lid and Laugh

Build for yourself a strongbox,

Fashion each part with care;

When it's strong as your hand can make it,

Put all your troubles there;

Hide there all thoughts of your failures,

And each bitter cup that you quaff;

Lock all your heartaches within it,

Then sit on the lid and laugh.

 

Tell no one its contents,

Never its secrets share;

When you've dropped in your care and worry

Keep them forever there;

Hide them from sight so completely

That the world will never dream half;

Fasten the strongbox securely -

Then sit on the lid and laugh.

BERTHA ADAMS BACKUS

 

August 18, 2017

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Re-Energize Your Drive, Enthusiasm and Creativity

There are times in our lives when our enthusiasm appears to wane and we seem to be losing the old drive and energy.  It can happen to the best of us and usually does at one time or another.

It can be a challenging time and one that will slip up on you before you know it, especially if you've been on the same job for a long time.  The natural and normal enthusiasm you once felt for your work is replaced unconsciously with boredom and stagnation.

What is needed is a new, fresh approach.  You are required to make a conscious and deliberate effort to revitalize your thinking by adopting four basic rules:

1. Be receptive to new ides, new ways of doing things. Newness often means change and people who get set in their ways unconsciously resist change.  They become negative when confronted with anything that might upset their smoothly oiled apple cart. Open up your thinking to the possibility that newness will equal greater drive, enthusiasm and creativity.

2. Keep on learning.  Always acquire new facts and keep up with the growing body of knowledge in your field of work. Stagnant thinking literally creates a rut in your brain.  The rut keeps you in your routine and makes it more challenging to make changes. Start now, learn something new and start applying it to your daily thoughts and routine. The brain is more efficient with pathways rather than ruts. Also remember, people who assume they know enough or everything will wake up one day and find that things have passed them by. 

3. Capture your insights. Too many of us have good ideas, then ignore or forget about them or fail to follow through on them. What a waste! The essence of creative thinking is the flash of insight, the thoughts that suddenly emerge as a brand new idea. Such insights are often priceless and open up whole new vistas of opportunity. Write them down and use them.

4. Think, question, be curious about your challenges.  Examine challenges, don't run away or avoid them.  What you resist persists! Think the challenges through to logical conclusions, ask for assistance, research, be curious and pray for guidance. This process involves courage, self discipline and trust AND it adds excitement as the possibilities for solutions bubble up for examination.

Remember, you are the only one who is in charge of your thinking.  Practice focus in each moment.  Make each tasks a game.  Play with the ideas and possibilities. Have fun and your drive, enthusiasm and creativity will explode!

 

Promises - do you make them lightly?

 

There is the promise that the sun will come up every day, whether we see it or not.  There is the promise that air is all around us for us to breath and stay alive. These are true promises.

One of the best ways to win respect is to keep your promises.

Promises are easy to make and sometimes challenging to keep.  It is not a good business practice to make a promise lightly.  In fact, it is not a good practice for anyone to make a promise lightly. The manager to whom you have blithely promised improved results will not forget it quickly if you fail to produce.  Neither will the associate who you have led to expect a pay raise you can not deliver.

Why are we all so quick to make promises? The reason most likely is that it is so simple to do.  Promises are a quick, easy and painless way to motivate people and to get them to do what we want. Eventually, however, the time comes when we have to make good on our promise.  This is where the difficulties show up.

Actually, there is nothing wrong with making promises...provided you observe a few precautions:

How sure are you that you will be able to deliver the promised outcome?

Do you honestly intend to keep your promise?

Are you particularly careful not to mislead a person?

Do you make a practice of delivering all that you have promised?

Are you overly optimistic and tend to get carried away and promise things out of enthusiasm and, most likely, make a promise you have no control over?

When under pressure, it is easy to promise a person something and then forget all about it or you hope the other person will forget about the promise.  Unfortunately, they won't forget and more likely, they will be thinking about the promise constantly.

Forcing a person to settle for something less than you let them to expect will leave a bad taste in their mouth.  Always settle in full!

Those who win the respect of others are the ones who deliver more than they promise, not the ones who promise more than they can deliver.

The best practice is to be slow in making a promise and to be faithful in its deliverance.

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