Me!!!


The me that is me is all that I am and all that I am is me;
For the me that I am is the me that you know and I hope its enough for you too.

For the life that I will have will contain the me that will be and the me that I am must grow;

And the growing that I must do will determine the life that I must live, and I hope it’s enough for me.. and for you.

When my life has been lived and the hope in me reflects that I have done worthwhile things;

For the me that I became the world that I made, I hope that I was worthy of you.

Hrmexplorer
June 2019

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Just because I don’t go to church!


I was asked recently whether I go to church.

I said not very often. Then came the discussion. It ALWAYS does.

Don’t you believe, is it not important, are you too important, are you too busy doing other things like going to breakfast with friends or wait for it…. golf.

I guess our family was not one for going to church regularly. It finally stopped,the little we did go,when we came home to a burned roast in the oven!! Mum never forgave God for that one!!

Seriously though, my church is in my heart. It’s in me, it’s who I am, faults and all., and faults I have a few.

There have been many discussions over the years, I know many good people who go to church, and then there are the others. The ones that sometimes you ask yourself,why do they go,is it for show, because they are not the nicest of people. The spirit of goodness is absent.

Off course people go to church for all sorts of personal reasons.

It’s just that, because I don’t go doesn’t make me a non believer or a bad person.

It doesn’t, either make those that do go into the righteous either.

Honestly, I dont know if I will pass the test and get to heaven, I am certain it wont be because I didnt worship in church.

All of our tests will be based on our goodness and our hearts and a purposeful life that we shared to do good.

Did we do right by our friends our workmates,our neighbors in our thoughts and in our intentions.

I, like all you readers, will have our day and will be found wanting or not.

For me though my church is within me, every single moment of my life, and that my reader is many more minutes of my life that I give to my Lord, and that’s a lot of Sundays.

So next when you question someone about not attending church on a Sunday, perhaps they were busy doing the lord’s work and you were not looking.

One life – Only so many breaths.


It is said that much of life is what we make it, or is what life makes of us?

Did we ever really have all of the choices, or were we destined before we even begin life to do the things that we do, or be who we have become?

There have been many times when I know that I have wasted the limited breathes that each of us has been given.

I know that every one of us have only so many breathes, the number never known until the very last.

When we were young

We didn’t bother to count the number of breathes , we were invincible and life was ahead of us, fear was not even a word that we knew.

We could not even think of broken hearts, lost loved ones and the dashed hopes that each come across. Those days were yet to come.

The breathes that we took were of hope and a life to be lived, and dreams to be become reality and a life of fulfillment.

Our future was still unknown and we didn’t carry the thoughts that our life would have moments of sadness.

That life was not a straight path.

We didn’t even know who we would become.

Growing Up

We realized that not all of us have the same number of breathes and-along life’s pathways we lose some of those who should have had more.

We are reminded to use the breathes that we have for good use and not to waste them needlessly.

That we are lucky ones because some of those who were much more deserving never had the same number of breathes that we have.

That the fairness of life is simply not fair, but to waste the breathes that you have been given is much worse.

That while we make mistakes along the way, some have been given breathes to reflect and pay forward so that others can avoid foolhardiness and for us to renew our ways.

That to grow up for some creates an unimaginable stress as not all can see a pathway for their future, their destiny remains unclear and a life that is still a mystery.

Settling down

Reflecting on a near done life with some time still left to go, what messages do we desire to give, for we have found that life is different for everyone and yet every life has its own meaning.

What did we learn along the way, what was the same for each of us and what did it teach us.

We all have one life and a predetermined number of breathes, for each untold.

Yet we need to create a life that has dreams that can unfold, and so it is told:

One life only so many breathes a reflection

We were born to be the children of the universe

So that each can honor, serve, and knowledge disperse,

To make the best of what we are given,

Is God’s gift for all the living.

There are only so many breathes that each of us take,

So lets decide that they will be the very best we can make.

So that when we look back and then to create nurture

Our children can say we gave them a future

The lesson we leave is to use all our breathes no matter the number

To do the very best is what we must remember.
March 25th 2019

Simply the Greeter.


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I recently started my new career as a greeter at the local Home Depot in the town I live.

It’s the first time in my whole working life, some 40 years, that I have “punched in”.

It has taken me some time to get used to the driver of my time. “the clock”.

All my career life, I just went to work, started and finished when I did!

Agreed I spent way too much time at work, at the cost of family time, and what I got paid did not equate to my hours. I often think I got below minimum wage!!!

It is so strange to be ruled not by the job I do but simply because my job is “hourly” and I get paid overtime and for “every hour” I work.

Not every jobs’ value can be measured in the “labels they are given”.

I have always been aware that some of the most important of jobs have been way down the management chain. The hard-working employees at the “coal face” that is engine of all successful companies.

It is also the most rewarding of jobs I have ever had. I am a greeter and proud to be so!!!!

I have been fortunate of having many well-paid jobs, always associated with major responsibilities. With titles comes labels and with labels comes “stuff”.

Off course I worked for those jobs through qualifications, experience and promotions. I did my time and worked my way up.

That’s not the point though!

More recently following my retirement from the corporate world, I was discussing my new “career” with Doreen my wife, my new role as a greeter at Home Depot.

She asked me how it felt to be “a greeter” she asked as she said I looked the happiest I had been in years, and yet the job had nowhere near the “senior level of decision making” I had now left behind.

I agreed, but said it has the most important of roles

“To make every customer experience as enjoyable as is imaginable and to be the best coworker and thus the best greeter ever!!!

 I said finally I get to do what I want to do, without the pressures associated in those “high level jobs”.

Gone is the politics associated with what my bosses wanted me to do, whether I agreed or not.

Gone was the pressures of a senior role and having little actual impact in the real decision making, and at last I could now follow my lifelong passion of serving people.

Now here is the strange thing.

My career has been in Human Resources! People!!!!

My job as an HR executive, whether in the Automotive space or in Healthcare was just another name for being a “greeter”.

The corporate greeter of people, from recruitment through retirement, and everything in between.

So, when people say well, now how do you feel being simply a greeter I say, “I love it!” I have been preparing for this job all my career.

They look at me quickly until I explain.

The role of greeter is one of the most important roles there is!

And here is what I say:

  1. It is often the first contact a customer will have with the organization.
  2. It facilities a potential poor customer experience to one that they could never have been expected.
  3. The impression of the greeter sets the tone of the whole customer experience.
  4. It is the face and the first cultural example of the organization.
  5. It facilitates a likelihood of a customer wanting to come back to not only purchase products but meet people who have created a shopping community.
  6. The role of the greeter is also the “glue” between every department and the customer.
  7. The greeter has the significant role of working between departments ensuring there is seamless customer hand over and importantly product knowledge.
  8. The face of an enthusiastic greeter is contagious to their coworkers and the public.
  9. The role of the greeter is to engender a team spirit which raises the spirit of everyone.
  10. The role of the greeter is to ask, “what else can I do for you?”

 

It’s probably, I know it is, the most important career move I have ever made. Its not about my university qualifications, my degrees or my titles.

Its not about the fancy job titles or the cars or offices I have had.

The role of a greeter sets the experience level for every customer who comes to the organization and the desire for every coworker to want to work with them.

In the corporate role they may call this customer satisfaction and employee engagement.

To me it’s simply the role of the greeter, my new career and I love it!!

Thank you, Home Depot, for giving me the opportunity in my new career!

Thanks to all my coworkers who invited me into the “Live Orange” culture.

 

Peter, Simply the greeter and proud of it

 

 

Life’s Curtain call.


Live today like no other.

Give to others like no other,

For then we can teach each other,

To live a life like no other.

 

The curtain goes up, now it comes down.

Swishes one way and now swishes the other…. way.

 

We step out, we bow, we smile, we step right back and the curtain falls.

Our smile disappears.

It opens, it discloses, and now it closes,
We see as spectator’s glimpse of the performers it hides.
Now you see me, now you don’t,
Now I smile now I won’t.

 

Will you ever know me, do you care to know me?
What you see is me, and then not me,

Life’s mask has adorned me.

 

Will you ever know me, do you care to care?
The performer that’s outside me is not the me that’s within.

What you see, is not what is me, the me that is hidden is often forbidden,

To you.

 

Will you ever know me, do you care to care?
Now the curtain reveals its show to you,

The performer within me will smile and beguile.
The people I meet they care or they don’t,
They hurt me as oft as oft as they want.
Some look after my back or they don’t and don’t care,
There are some real friends although often they are not.

 

The friends that are friends are so rare to find,

So, nurture their friendship and ensure you are kind.
People talk straight but many they don’t,
Seems easier to talk badly cause that’s what they want.

The demons within them much stronger than good,

The “fork tongues” within them feed better on bad food.

When they eat the bad seed do they care about you,

Or simply deliver the message that discredits,

seems much easier to do.

 

The sun goes up the sun goes down,

The sun disappears.

 

The warmth that there was now grows cold and so dark.
The friends we make, the friends who remain,

The friends who we can share the sadness and tears.
Which do we have?

 

The sunshine friends or the flitting moonlighters,

The ones that stay through thick and thin.

 

The ones that believe and stay by your side,

or simply discard you like an old broken dustbin.

We are grateful for the friends who remain in our lifetime,

for they create the memories,

we share always and for all times in our life.

The friends we had now some long gone,

though some remain.

The friends they live the friends they die.
Some we remember some forgotten,

in life’s wind swept away in the dusts of time.

The kids we were, they are all long gone,

all grown up into the adults we now are.

 

The adults we are, the mask we now wear,

we now hope is kindly,

not ravished by those who didn’t care.

 

Or tainted by the world that is tough and blunts our hearts.
Let’s hope we still believe in happy endings,

That there is a bright sparkle and a light when it’s all over.

The life we now have is the life we now lead.
The life we lead determined by our heart and our courage.

The courage we have dependent on the desire to change.
The desire to change and overcome the challenges we dare to take…

 

For life so surely throws them all, we cannot dodge.

The courage that unharnesses the comfort zone, so there is none.
For when it’s gone much more is possible,
Let us be unbridled, free of any zone.
For our comfort zone determines our horizons, determines our scope.
The horizons, near or far the distance determined by the fear and the chains within.
For without such constraints all life is changed.
So, let us be free of the box,

For what then we ask ourselves, if there was no box to think outside?

What then would we think?
Would not all thoughts and ideas be free to collide with unrestrained liberty and creative energy.

Life with no zone and no box has the limitless energy of all that is possible.

The possibility that much more can be achieved.

 

A life fulfilled with much more,
A life that delivers our dreams, a life fulfilled.

The curtain opens, it opens wide, it opens fully,

 

Let us walk through heads held high and

step right through and grab the blessings of life.

 

So that when we take our last curtain call,

we have given the very best performance,

with all the gifts we were given.

Let’s still believe in happy endings,

That there is a bright rainbow when it’s all over.

Live today like no other.

Give to others like no other,

For then we can teach each other,

To live a life like no other.

 

Simply the greeter

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