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une, 2009 – and, we are still working through the challenges of a World Financial Crisis. It is, in fact, a really interesting time in history. When the major collapse occurred, the US Dollar maintained its value and actually rose in value compared to other world currencies. Now, six months later, when it felt like Canada was seeing some light at the end of the tunnel, the US Dollar is dropping quickly, with almost immediate impacts on Canada’s export markets – our lumber at CML being one of them. We are still on quite a ride; we need to be prepared for the worst and hope for some calmness.
In some ways, this financial crisis may bring some basic commonsense back not only to the business world but also to people’s personal lives. On this note, I would share the following thought from “Words of Honor”, page 124.
Two boys, nine and seven, built a toy cart themselves. When the cart was almost ready, Mike said, “which do you think will be more fun? Makin’ or havin’?”
Bill sat back amid the sawdust, and thought about it. “Makin,” he said.
People go to lectures and read books. They discuss and argue. And then, unannounced and unheralded, casual as a petal from the tree, a child says the sum quite simply. They don’t need to explain it. They’ve found it out by doing.
“Making” must come from within, while “having” is an external circumstance which may or may not be worth its weight in satisfaction. The happiest people of the earth are those who learn that difference early.
- Margaret Lee Runbeck