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Thoughts : Survival Mode On

I was at a restaurant that I do not frequent one day because I was off my usual route. To the side of this restaurant was this rather small 'stall' (I would call it table and chair, to be completely honest) and behind it were two small-framed ladies. They were selling hot dogs, toasts and half-boiled eggs.

Surprisingly, they were the biggest and busiest stall in a restaurant that was filled with other types of conventional Chinese char-chan-teng stalls.

I walked over with the intention of getting some toasts to go with my coffee. Yes, I do have a toaster at home and it takes all about 3 minutes to make my own but if I can get it here, why bother to do it at home? How much money can I save by doing it myself? Too lazy to do the math.

Their tools of trade was bare minimal but I can tell that they were happy to be making a profit from their table-and-chair setting and this got me thinking. Sure, times are hard and cost of living is an unbelievable state right now but if one wanted to make a living out of something (or anything), they can. It merely depends on timing and what you think you can offer that is of value to busy people.

In this particular situation, their value is 'convenience' and 'affordability'.

I think that people, whether they are knocked off their horses or are riding off into the horizons on it, should think of making a living as 'adding value to someone's life' and this is a way for them to make a headstart in just about any business, venture or job. If you are great at making quilts, make quilts, find your market and add value. If you are fantastic at inspiring people, inspire, find people and add value. If you are great at decorating homes, decorate, find people and add value.

Sometimes, it's in observing these small subtleties in the lives of other people that casts light on how people do their lives and how we do ours.

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Happy Sunday!
I thought today was Mother's Day and demanded by Mother's Day hugs last night,
Ah well,
Extra hugs, then,

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