July 4th Ponderings: Our Declaration of Dependence on Divine Providence
Why the Declaration of Independence is as much about dependence on Divine Providence as independence from tyranny.
By John Miller, President
SUPERB Industries, Inc.
Monday, July 8, 2008
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Why Work? by John MillerActually my lead question was: “Why work with your hands?” but some might say, “Why work at all?” Why tolerate bothersome interruptions to what otherwise might be a leisurely life? Why has working with your hands fallen out of fashion? When did doing an honest day’s work get uncoupled from the train of success?
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Passion's Promise, by John Miller
Meet the carriage maker from Missouri: Actually, you already did before you got to work this morning and you will meet him again before you get home tonight—not the person of course, but the product of his passion. You, along with millions of others, are the benefactors of passion’s promise. The story does not begin in Missouri, nor does it end there. It begins in Bremen, Germany where a young lad of seven boarded the Bremen Barque Sophie with his family and embarked on a voyage to the land of limitless promise....
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Small Things, by John Miller
“Who shall despise the day of small things?” asked an ancient prophet. Good question. The answer is thought provoking with application today: Nearly everyone has despised or ignored the “day of small things” at one time or another. And, is it any wonder? We live in a world of big news, big companies, big deals, and big wigs. Small things? Who has time for that? The answer: The wise, the prudent, and the truly successful.
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Values Virtues, by John Miller We live in a conflicted society where people expect to get value for goods and services, but want to ignore values and standards—which is just another way of saying that they want to do whatever they please whenever it pleases them. The reality is that you cannot have it both ways. Good old fashioned values are virtuous: When people commit to them, consistency, reliability, and dependability result that enable them to produce goods and services of value.
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Ohio Governor Honors SUPERBGovernor Ted Strickland invited the principals of SUPERB Industries to a reception honoring recipients of the INC5000 fastest growing companies' award.
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Horse Sense, by John Miller Good old fashioned horse sense has a lot to offer our modern world, but it is about as uncommon as common sense. Horse sense: Who needs that? We have computers, calculators, formulas, and theories to solve complex problems. Now, don’t get me wrong. I like computers and gadgets and stuff, but there is something about horse sense that you cannot compute in binary code. You either got it, or you don’t.
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Two Words to live by..., by John Miller
Many words come our way every day. Few people live by them. There is a lot of talk; little action. A Chinese proverb puts it well: Talk does not cook rice. I propose a different formula—just two words: Remember and Forget. Do we do either? More importantly, do we know when to do which?
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Defending Discipline, by John Miller Ok, it’s not about what you thought it might be—a discourse on the merits of discipline in the form of punishment. The discipline that I wish to defend is the self imposed will to do the right thing and to do the right thing consistently.
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