My hardworking reporter DJ left me today. There is a whole other post in my head about what we have meant to each other as co-workers in the five months we’ve known each other, but today I simply want to share with you the last story he gave me (he edited it just a bit, and of course I couldn’t resist tweaking it just a tad myself. Wouldn’t be me if I didn’t, would it, Deej?).
One day, there was a blind man sitting on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet and a sign that read: “I am blind, please help.”
A creative editor was walking by and stopped to observe. She saw that the blind man had only a few coins in his hat. She dropped in more coins and, without asking for permission, took the sign and rewrote it.
She returned the sign to the blind man and left. That afternoon the editor returned to the blind man and noticed that his hat was full of bills and coins.
The blind man recognized her footsteps and asked if it was she who had rewritten his sign and wanted to know what she had written on it.
The editor responded: “Nothing that was not true. I just wrote the message a little differently.” She smiled and went on her way.
The new sign read: “Today is Spring, and I cannot see it.”
Sometimes we just need to change our strategy. If we always do what we’ve always done, we’ll always get what we’ve always gotten.