Have you ever planned a special gift or go thru a lot of work to get something special for your other half?
Well my friends I have a great story for you.
I was in planning a different gift to celebrate my 8th anniversary with my lovely wife. She mentioned to me that she loved the French Macarons I got her in the past. So I thought it will be a great gift if I can surprise her with a nice box of Macarons. “If you don't know what Macarons are click on the link and you will see what these God gifts are J “. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macaron
After looking for a good place where to get the Macarons I found a place in Guaynabo, PR called Le Macaron. As I was close to the place, I decided to stop and get some for my wife to surprised her when I arrived back home. I found the perfect gift box with 24 multi flavor macarons. They looked and tasted like a piece of heaven. Sweet, and fluffy.
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I guarded the box of Macarons with my life. I have to thru TSA Security, 5 hour flight and then a 1 ½ hour drive to our house. As soon as she saw them she melted. As soon as my wife tried one of the macarons she melted in my arms J . She thank me so much for remembering what she liked and for the great surprise.
Next day my wife decided to sit down on our dining table to enjoy another macaron and she picked a passion fruit macaron. She said “this one is so good…” and we heard a knock on our front door. We walked to the front door and it was one of our friends and we walked outside for one minute. After we came back inside my wife, my little son Joshua and I were in shocked at the sight of a tragedy for us and a blessing for someone else. This was what we found…
Our brand new box of macarons has been enjoyed by someone else. My Wife was speechless, my little son Joshua start crying “I want another cookie…” and I started laughing. What did we found? An empty box in the floor.
Who could have done something so cruel? Who would be the person that would have the audacity to touch our 8th Wedding Anniversary present? And right behind us we found the culprit. We found the criminal. We found the traces of these crime. Our Boston Terrier Lady had enjoyed the whole box of French Macarons.
After laughing for a little while, I started thinking, what can we learn from this situation?
Here is what I learned:
1. I should do everything to the best of my abilities?
Buying a gift to celebrate my wedding anniversary or working on a project, I should always do the best without thinking who will benefit from my actions. In my case my Boston terrier enjoyed the box of French Macarons. One of your team members, coworkers or customers can benefit from your effort. Every time you try something new give it your best. Baltasar Gracian asserted “Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.” Keep trying and you will get better.
2. Accept the outcome no matter if is not what you expected?
Arthur Ashe says “Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.” We need to focus of doing the best we can not matter what is the outcome. Sometimes our outcome is as expected and other times it may not be as expected. In the process you will learn from your success and opportunities for improvement. This will help you grown exponentially. I spend time picking up the French Macarons for my wife and at the end my dog ate them, that was not the expected outcome. I could be angry and upset, but after accepting the outcome now I have a great story to tell about my 8th wedding anniversary present.
3. The least expected member of your team (family) will benefit from your hard work even do you were not thinking about them.
We all have different team members in our families, churches and offices. When we give our best everyone benefits even the least expected member. So give your best and you will receive the joy of seeing everyone benefit from your efforts. “I'm thinking that it might actually be possible for things to work out sometimes. Definitely not everything and maybe not the way you imagined. But sometimes, when you least expected it, life surprises you.” –Susane Colasanti,
Think of what you are doing now, Are you doing it to the best of your abilities?