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''A Cup of Sugar, and a Little More Thyme!''

Just a little bit of sugar
might have sweetened the pot
with the result that all might have been fed:
But your choice of ingredients has soured the meal
and now one will go hungry to bed

Just a little bit of thyme
might have bettered the taste
but older recipes instead were defended:
Just a little bit of patience
would keep all in good cheer
But instead, the whole banquet has ended....

A business supplier I've had for the past 5 years was recently bought out by a larger company. The new management just recently took over and consequently, I no longer have direct personal contact with Billing Manager, nor, as I quickly learned, the flexibility of the payment plan I once enjoyed with the previous owners. Quite simply, the new billing manager threatened to cut off my supply in 1 week unless all previous balances were paid in full. While it's every business' right to do so, I on principle, decided to take my business elsewhere.

I always have a plan "B" because I believe (as I extol in my workshops) that any plan for success that is based exclusively on the favor of a sole individual or entity is inherently flawed. So, I spent the next several days searching for and eventually finding a new supplier. I made the transition smoothly just a day before the deadline.

So what have I learned from this? Well, from my point of view, it's a blessing (as are all events in my life) as I've found a new supplier whose prices are less than 10% of what I was paying before, and which will, therefore, save me thousands each year! From the point of view of my previous supplier, (whom I hope has the same "blessing in disguise" philosophy I do) however, think of all the thousands of dollars of income which might have been retained but for the price of a little leniency and patience. So, don't let YOUR business, relationship, or success suffer for want of a cup of sugar, and little more thyme!

Just that one cup of honey
might have filled every cup
and in time brought you all that you deserved:
But without it the flavor has turned bitter instead
with the result that now no one is served!

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Walt's Life Rhyme #272
(A Cup of Sugar, and a Little More Thyme!)
© Walt F.J. Goodridge
Originally published: 12-13-2002
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