As we began thinking of the "branding" that best represented our company, so many images came to mind. Since it was an extension of our family, our southern family - many ideas that painted a picture of life in the South were at the forefront. Even more so, pictures of love and family came to mind because it is the foundation of what matters most to us. All the trinkets or even treasures of the world pale in comparison to the "true treasures" of the heart. When the first collectible was carved out of a raw piece of wood, it was carved because of the love in the heart of "Paw Paw" who simply wanted to create something tangible to show a friend how much they meant to him. During the year that followed, he would go on to create many pieces of "love" for family and friends. His lamps, tables, bowls, plant stands, coat racks and more weren't just pieces of furniture or home collectibles, but pieces of his heart to them.
Today I read a story in the news of a woman who was out for her daily jog. She was doing what she loved. As she sprinted along listening to music through her headphones, a well-dressed businessman eating lunch in the park began screaming at her with "cat calls." She stated that they were so loud, she could hear them over the music blaring in her headset. "Sexy lady, hey, hey, hey sexy lady" he yelled. At first she tried to ignore him, but he became more and more aggressive with expletives that infuriated her. She was on the verge of saying something to the man, when a little boy who was there in the park with his mom and little sister ran up to the man and confronted him...
“Hey. That is not nice to say to her and she didn’t like you yelling at her,” the boy said. “You shouldn’t do that because she is a nice girl and I don’t let anyone say mean things to people. She’s a girl like my sister and I will protect her.”
The little hero successfully embarrassed the man who quickly grabbed his lunch and started to leave. The young woman was so touched by the boy's act of kindness towards her, she asked his mom if she could give him a hug. She told him how grateful she was and he replied with quite the profound response. He just shrugged his shoulders and said...
"Well I just wanted to make sure your heart was okay.'”
It's been said that when we are dead and gone, people will not remember what we gave to them, how much we did for them and not even very much of what we said to them, but they will remember how we treated them and how we made them feel. Like polishing a fine diamond or sanding a rough piece of wood, the care we take in protecting another's heart and making sure it is "okay" brings out the best in them and in us. If we spent more time seeking out the "true" treasures in life, instead of collecting the things that superficially make us "shine" or cause us to feel secure, we might realize just how poor we've been even with all the "stuff" and how rich we have become when finding the treasures that can't be measured in dollars and cents. Is your heart okay today?