How do we find the right people to help us run our business? Who will work really hard and share our enthusiasm? What person will commit to a job that is part time with wages that are at the top end of what we can afford, yet less than what they can make elsewhere? Why in the world would anyone want to jump into a job that is physically hard and even stressful at times? Where do we find someone to sign up for all of that? This is the kind of thing that keeps me awake at night.
Then without fail, for two and a half years, a really amazing thing has happened. God whispers to me, “Relax and trust me. I’m the one in control.” And at the perfect moment, the right person appears. In addition to restoring my faith, each person also teaches me something. Here’s what I’m currently learning:
The secret ingredient to excellent food is laughter and love. Cheryl, Kathy, and Lynda know how to have a good time making donuts at 6am and the results are delicious.
It’s the little things that make the best memories. Joy ad Terri can teach a class on how to enjoy cramped space with your coworker. Part of the secret is inside jokes and matching aprons.
A smile can brighten anyone’s day. Vicki, Gretchen, Aubrey, and Emily go above and beyond for the customers and it makes a difference.
Balance is the key to life. Dhana, Shari, and Eric have successful careers yet enjoy taking on a completely different job in their spare time. They remind the rest of us to lighten up because Pickwick isn’t actual work; it’s fun.
Your true passion can be integrated into any ordinary job. Haley’s art talent and Hayden’s computer skills can rise to the surface of any mundane task.
You don’t have to be in the spotlight to shine. Joni and Emma would work diligently to clean the store. People notice.
A lot can be accomplished in a short amount of time. By working together Will, Angel, and Becky can transform the Loft every Monday and Wednesday morning. Teamwork is the key.
Calm is contagious. Kathy and Brandie, as wedding coordinators, set the tone for arguably the most stressful day in a person’s life. They handle it all with grace.
Having a servant heart can bring you joy. Mike, Linda, Jodi, and Barbie walk into the Loft at 12am and work their magic all while adding some fun to the process..
Bloom where you’re planted. Emily, Jenna, and Diane could take their talents anywhere but have decided to help the Loft grow in new directions.
Thanksgiving week seems like the appropriate time for us at The Pickwick Place to pause and say thank you. We are blessed by the ones who have chosen to walk alongside us on this journey and we are grateful for their lessons.
Forward motion always,