Well here we go again, in so many ways. Change is good for the soul, although we as humans don't like change, it helps us grow and give others a chance to do the same. Let's start off with the season change. Well, it hasn't! LOL It's still hot, still sticky and sweaty and not very pleasant. Most of us enjoy the fall season and are WAITING for it to show up, the sooner the better for retail. When the weather changes, sales go up and everyone is usually in a better mood. Second, the allergies and illnesses going around. From sinus infections to plain allergies to strep throat are affecting most of us and for sure 50% of my employees. Take those vitamins girls, and from the lips of Margaret (my favorite for this) a tablespoon of raw honey a day sure did make my sore throat go away! HA it rhymed. Third, school has started once again and there are a lot of changes for those kiddos out there. If you have moved it could be a whole new school. It could be new friends, new classes, new sports, etc...So much for the kiddos and teenagers to adjust to. Remember, they are resilient. I moved every 2 years if not more as a youngster at least 7 different schools and I survived. I believe it makes us stronger and helps us learn to adapt and grow in this society today. Phil 4:13 "I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me" that is what we need to teach our children. And then there is safety for our schools. I will not go into details how I feel about this matter, but I do believe prayer is the answer. Pray America! The last change is difficult for me. My Store Manager, Amanda.... has given me her 2 weeks notice. Ugh, here we go again. I have been thru many store managers, most have moved on to bigger things which I understand. This doesn't make it any easier for me. Yes, I admit I closed my office door and had a good cry of frustration. Again, here we go again. It's that change as humans we do not like. But I pulled up my big girl panties, dried my eyes, and reached for my devotional "Jesus calling" on my desk. And as expected it was what I needed. I will not quote the whole thing but here is a short version, "Bring Me all your needs, your hopes and fears. Commit everything into My care, turn your path of planning to the path of Peace." Peace is what I need, and I know I will receive it if I give everything to Him. Let it go, let it go....that frozen song imbedded into our minds came into play. I say this to my employees all the time, I need to hear my own words. Well, change I am ready for you! Bring it on, God's got this. I wish Amanda well in the future, and she will be sorely missed here at TQ. And for all you out there dealing with change....let it go, let it go....(gotcha).
From the Desk of Tina Simpson
General Manager since 2007