February 04, 2010

The Clerk

Let's talk about strategy today.

We are in Africa, at an African airbase. The writer Antoine de Saint-Exupe'ry made a collection amongst his friends to help a Moroccan clerk who wanted to go back to the city of his birth. He managed to collect one thousand francs.
One of the pilots flew the clerk to Casablanca, and when he returned, he described what had happened." As soon as he arrived, he went out to supper in the best restaurant, gave lavish tips, ordered drinks all round, and bought dolls for the children in his village. The man had absolutely no idea when it came to looking after his money".
"On the contrary," said Saint Exype'ry, "he knew that people are the best investment in the world. By spending freely like that, he managed to regain the respect of his fellow villagers, who will probably end up
giving him a job.
After all, only a conqueror can be that generous."  Thoughts? xx

53 comments:

Michael Rivers said...

Headaches are not fun!! Hope it goes away fast.

5thsister said...

Sounds like you have caught what I had this past week (sinus/ear infection)! I'm sorry! Feel better really soon!

BTW...I loved your story.

Zanah said...

I love Zebras... so sweet :) Mon Mode Blog

Farila said...

Take rest Betty.. We know you are generous with your comments always and once in while we all can understand ... Love you.
Get well soon

Kate said...

Feel better soon. I love the zebra pic - so cute

Kate xx

TS Hendrik said...

Love the story and the zebra picture. I hope you feel better!

Caio Fernandes said...

this is really fantastic !!!

Sarah RDH said...

Is it weird, or bad, that the first thing that came to mind when I saw that picture was "Wow, they'd make a great purse." Horrible, horrible...

Steven Anthony said...

what a wonderful and truly inspiring story;) I hope your head feels better soon:)

....Petty Witter said...

Oh dear, I hope your head soon eases. A great post, how cute were those zebras.

Pres. Kathy said...

I hope you feel better!

yonca said...

Love zebras! What a cute pic Betty! Feel better soon.

Willoughby said...

Headaches can be so awful! I hope you're feeling better soon.

Love the story!

Content in a Cottage said...

Great story. Real food for thought. Feel better. ~ Rosemary

Naqvee said...

the story made me reread it again.. its really very inspiring. love Naqvee

.. do take cre of urself.
dont tk stress

Momma Fargo said...

Neat post! Hope you feel better!

The Blonde Duck said...

I hope you feel better!

Betty's Cuisine said...

Νομίζω ένα panadol extra(ή κάτι αντίστοιχο)και μια-δυο ωρίτσες ξάπλα σε σκοτεινό δωμάτιο θα σε βοηθήσουν αισθητά...

Οι ζέβρες υπέροχες!

Καλή Τσικνοπέμπτη..

Tracie said...

I read the story twice. I loved it.

I hope your head feels better. Take a break from blog reading. It's not good when your head is hurting!

Cibuset@ said...

Περαστικά Betty! & καλή Τσικνοπέμπτη:D

North West London Girl said...

Lovely post. You must rest up and take care of yourself. Hope you feel better soon xxx

Kimberley said...

Great story and pic. Sorry to hear about your headache. Hopefully you've already recovered :)

Take care and get some rest...

plainolebob said...

Betty, ain't nothin worse than a head ache, and being dizzy, course i stay dizzy and have been called a big head ache,
BIG BIG HUGS

athina said...

Great story!Get well soon!

flying eagle woman said...

You never cease to amaze me my friend! You go take care of that headache! (which by now as I am in Pacific Standard Time is most likely a dim memory) I love love LOVE zebras...and your post.

Nevine said...

Love the little story, Betty. And take a break from blogging, just for a day, even. We all need it every once in a while!

Hugs,
Nevine

Peter said...

I love Zebras! cool story.
gett better soon :)

ritsa said...

WOW!! love the pic!
Feel better soon Betty.
i love this stoty.

Georgia said...

Take rest Betty.
Interesting story:o)

3 hungry tummies said...

That is a nice read!
Hope you are better already :)
φιλιά xxx

Helene said...

That picture is so sweet! Hope you feel better soon!

Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

interesting story...hope your headache is gone!

Aion said...

*´¨)
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(¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ I hope your Headache Goes Away Sooooon :D

Loved the Story & Feel Better ♥

Aion

blueviolet said...

Now I'm a little worried about you with that dizziness! Take care and rest.

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

I loved that story! Oh, and I've had a headache all day too. I hope yours is better now!

Richard @ The Bewildered Brit said...

Nooo not you too! I hope you're feeling better soon! Take it easy and rest if you can.

That's a wonderful story, too.

Unknown Mami said...

Betty, stop reading blogs and rest. Rest your eyes.

Rae said...

Your story made me stop and think. There is real truth to it. Hope you feel better soon.

Just Be Real said...

Zebra's are fasinating animals. No two are alike in their stripes either. How cool is that. Hope you feel better too dear one. Thank you for sharing.

Lynette said...

Oh an African story...I can relate:)

Hope you're feeling better soon.

wenn said...

love the zebras! u need a rest.

Vodka Logic said...

Take care, and love the post.

love lives in the kitchen said...

great story betty! hope that your headake will pass soon :)
wish you a greta weekend,
justyna

Together We Save said...

Take care... hope you feel better soon.

ΕΛΕΝΑ said...

Περαστικά σου, ελπίζω να μην είναι κάτι το σοβαρό!
Η φωτογραφία πανέμορφη!

Calli said...

Sweet story!
Feel better Betty. Strange I have a headache as I write this. Can't shake it today...

Take a good, long rest! I will be over the weekend...xo

Calli

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Thank you all and each one of you for your love.
Much appreciated!
xxx.

michael said...

I love those Zebras.
Take a rest.
:)

presious said...

Interesting. However, if one does not have a job, one can only give so much of what he has left. Must be a careful balance eh?

I do hope your headache goes away. Reading blogs can possibly wait. The computer screen might make it worse. I'd suggest a hot bath or shower to relax yourself, then crawl into bed with the light dim, perhaps a lamp, then watch a movie on low volume, just enough so you can hear it. Let your body and mind relax :D Works well for me!

Secretia said...

Betty, the moral of that story is obvious and stated "People are the best investment in the world"

Thanks, Secretia

Kristin said...

I hope you're feeling better!

Pat said...

Good story. Love the zebra photo! Take care of that headache!

Being Me said...

Money's good for something .. interesting story..

Hope you feel better

BM