Anonymous Distributor

Businesses built on innovative ideas aren’t just found in the technology industry. They’re found in all industries, but sometimes they’re not very visible and we know there are never enough of them. In the outdoor power equipment industry, you’ll see companies forming partnerships with other companies to fill in a gap in their product line or promote a new, innovative product. Many OPE-related companies are large enough to develop their own new products. Would you have guessed a few years ago that there would be an air-cooled engine marketed today that doesn’t need oil changes? Not me.

You never know what products that a Toro or a Briggs & Stratton or an MTD will create to satisfy a customer’s need.

MTD, a privately owned company, with a reputation for strong brands and products, recently acquired two companies, CORE Outdoor Power, with its high-torque rotary electric engine that may revolutionize the portable power equipment marketplace, and Precise Path Robotics, which manufactures an autonomous robotic greens mower that doesn’t require an operator.

It’s great to see and know that there are manufacturers in our industry who are not afraid to keep pushing the envelope by bringing innovative products to the marketplace and heavily promoting them. We owe them our thanks, because they are ensuring the future of our industry.


A crow lived in the forest and was absolutely satisfied with life. But one day, he saw a swan. “This swan is so white,” he thought, “and I am so black. This swan must be the happiest bird in the world.”

He expressed his thoughts to the swan. “Actually,” the swan replied, “I was feeling that I was the happiest bird around until I saw a parrot, which has two colors. I now think the parrot is the happiest bird in creation.” The crow then approached the parrot. The parrot explained, “I lived a very happy life until I saw a peacock. I have only two colors, but the peacock has multiple colors.”

The crow then visited a peacock in the zoo and saw that hundreds of people had gathered to see him. After the people had left, the crow approached the peacock. “Dear peacock,” the crow said, “you are so beautiful. Every day, thousands of people come to see you. When people see me, they immediately shoo me away. I think you are the happiest bird on the planet.”

The peacock replied, “I always thought that I was the most beautiful and happy bird on the planet. But because of my beauty, I am entrapped in this zoo. I have examined the zoo very carefully, and I have realized that the crow is the only bird not kept in a cage. So, for the past few days, I have been thinking that if I were a crow, I could happily roam everywhere.”

That’s our problem too. We make unnecessary comparisons with others and become sad. We don’t value what God has given us. This all leads to the vicious cycle of unhappiness.

Learn to be happy with what you have, instead of looking at what you don’t have. There will always be someone who will have more or less than you have. The person who is satisfied with what she or he has, is the happiest person in the world.


Harvey Mackay tells a story about a lecturer who gave talks on stress management. The lecturer raised a glass of water and asked, “How heavy is this glass of water?” Answers from the audience ranged from 20 grams to 500 grams.

“The absolute weight doesn’t matter,” replied the lecturer. “It depends on how long you try to hold it.

“If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

The lecturer continued, “That’s the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on. As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.”

So, when you leave work today, put the burden of work down. Don’t carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you’re carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. Relax; pick them up later after you’ve rested. Life is short. Enjoy it.


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