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Joe Marconi

Spend Time With Family and Friends

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My tip this week is a recurring theme, and one that will be repeated often: During the holiday season, spend time with family and friends. Automotive shop owner are among the hardest working group of people on this planet. We all need a little down time to enjoy life and recharge our batteries. Work is important but we need to prioritize the things in life that are free and are most important.

 

Happy Thanksgiving to all ASO members and their families!

 

Joe Marconi

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That is good advice. Let us all count our blessing. This week was a very good week and I am very thankful. Let us remember that gratefulness is a matter of perspective:

 

How the Poor Live

One day, a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”

“It was great, Dad.”

“Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked.

“Oh yeah,” said the son.

“So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father.

The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden, and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden, and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard, and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on, and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us; they have friends to protect them.”

The boy’s father was speechless.

Then his son added, “Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are.”

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