What Matters Most?

Hi, All.  Welcome to my blog.  I thought of the title a long time ago, and tonight’s the night to find this title a blog to call its own.

The title is an outgrowth of a saying that has brought comfort, encouragement and wry smiles to me over the years:

When one door closes, another opens — but it can be mighty cold in the corridor!

This blog is meant to invite you to be my companions in the corridor.  I actually predict great success for my business, but you’re coming along for the ride when I don’t yet have a major investor, i.e., significant operating funds, but I do have a lovely little garden of planted seeds, some of which are sprouting nicely!  Would you like to watch my garden grow? 🙂  Please come along with me!  We’ll have fun!

See, I have a company, Happy Notes Designs (www.happy-notes.com) which makes inspirational bookmarks and magnets (and more) with positive sayings in different languages.  I believe that it will be successful.  I believe that it is unique and a blessing and bound to grow — with G-d’s help, to grow in a healthy way, with great values.  It’s a child I’d like to see become a fine adult.  I have a calm feeling that this is likely.

But the corridor can get drafty.  I just moved into a new apartment.  It’s not yet unpacked and set up because I’m waiting to paint it, first, and don’t yet have the funds.  Like that.  But I love this corridor of an un-set-up apartment.  It’s mine and it’s quiet and magical.  Yay!  It’s my job to keep moving forward till I can get it painted!

I want to lead off by addressing an urgent task on my plate, one the accomplishment of which will influence everything that comes after:   It’s something that is not officially connected with my business and not geared to selling anything or increasing my power, prestige or prosperity.

Yet, I know that this will accomplish all of the above, because it is asking me to attend to reciprocating a sweet act.  Doing so will help me grow in discipline, organization and willingness.  So, I love that the following is the most important thing I can do for my business, right now:

I found a child’s luggage tag in an airport and mailed it back to her.  I got back in the mail the most sweet, grateful, exuberant package from mother and daughter:  a lovely thank you card with inscriptions in the eight-year-old’s painstakingly-produced penmanship and a four-page hand-written letter from the mom.   They are Jehova’s Witnesses and seem to be living lives of goodness, centered around their church, family and making ends meet.

That joyful dispatch deserved  an equally thoughtful response, and I finally got to it.  It felt so great to mail my package back to them, and to include one of the bookmarks below for each of the three family members!                                                     Sagan bookmark Also, I have an order of those very same bookmarks, ready to mail to the lovely customer who requested and paid for them.  I notice that the urgency to complete an order is not as great as that of wanting to generate one, sometimes.  This order goes out tomorrow, please G-d.

This whole process of growing a start-up involves my deciding on priorities and then making sure to accomplish them.  So, getting back to this sweet Mom and daughter, in a timely manner, is my priority.  I need to be a voiler mensch (Yiddish, for “fine person”) to grow the kind of business and life I have wanted.

Thanks for reading Post No. 1!!  Blessings to all who read this.


4 thoughts on “What Matters Most?

  1. Lovely first post Susanne, so thanks for taking the time to write it and put it out there! I’d never heard that ‘corridor’ saying, but I certainly get it. Two of your magnets are still the only magnets on my fridge, and I can’t imagine ever taking them off…

    Good luck with the blog and the biz!


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