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Turkey Trottin'

Each Thanksgiving, many people in the DFW area participate in the YMCA Turkey Trot.  The 5k run/walk event helps raise money for the YMCA to continue to provide scholarships and serve underpriveleged youth in the area.  

This year, two of our leaders laced up their running shoes and participated in the Ft Worth Turkey Trot.  The 2013 race was unique because all of the races across the nation were paired up through a partnership with BSX Atheletics in an attempt to claim the Guinness World Record for the most participants in a multi-venue race.  While the results have not yet been released, we are proud of Jim & Carrie for setting an example with active lifestyles and continuing to support the local community causes.  We will keep everyone posted on the results, maybe we have two Guiness World Record participants amongst us!  

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A Big Freight Thank you!

At Thanksgiving many of us reserve time to count our blessings.  A recent poll showed that the top 5 things people are most thankful for are: their health, family, technology, economic situation and their work environment.  We are thankful for these things as well but as we count our blessings here at Electric Logistic Solutions, we count each of our customers.  

We are thankful for the opportunity to serve you and your customers, to face challenges with you and find solutions.  It is because of each of you that we do what we do.  So especially during this season of giving thanks, we want to thank you for entrusting us with your business.  

With sincere wishes for a safe and happy Holiday Season, 

Your Big Freight Team

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Move Over, Turkeys...this one's for the other birds...

When used as carrier pigeons, in pigeon post a message is written on thin light paper and rolled into a small tube attached to the bird's leg. Pigeons can only go back to one "mentally marked" point that they have identified as their home. So "pigeon mail" can only work when the sender is actually holding the receiver's pigeons.

Birds were used extensively during World War I. One homing pigeon, Cher Ami, was awarded the French Croix de guerre for his heroic service in delivering 12 important messages, despite having been very badly injured.

Crewman carried homing pigeons in bombers as a means of communications in the event of a crash, ditching or radio failure.

During World War II, the Irish Paddy, the American G.I.Joe and the English Mary of Exeter all received the Dickin Medal.  They were among 32 pigeons to receive this award, for their gallantry and bravery in saving human lives with their actions.` wiki

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"We have come dangerously close to accepting the homeless situation as a problem we just can't solve." -Linda Lingle

The Homeless

The homeless population includes people from all walks of life:

The National Student Campaign Against Homelessness and Hunger reported:

In the U.S., more than 3.5 million people experience homelessness each year.

35% of the homeless population are families with children, which is the fastest growing segment of the homeless population.

23% are U.S. military veterans.

25% are children under the age of 18 years.

30% have experienced domestic violence.

20-25% suffer from mental illness.

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In urban communities, people experience homelessness for an average of eight months.

Christina Rosales, with Dallas News recently reported that "after years of gains in a decade-long effort to end chronic homelessness in Dallas County by 2015, the hard-to-serve population has increased by almost 40 percent from last year.

While that especially vulnerable subset is on the rise, the total number of homeless men, women and children counted this year decreased from 3,447 in 2012 to 2,972, according to the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance. That suggests some gains in helping get the county’s needy off the streets.

But the annual count, conducted on one day in January, doesn’t reflect what many local advocates are seeing as they serve homeless families, unaccompanied children and veterans. They say some shelters are operating at capacity, even after expanding their facilities significantly over the last couple of years…

Since 2004, when the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance and city leaders committed to the goal, chronic homelessness has decreased 52 percent — even with this year’s increase factored in.

Meanwhile, The Bridge homeless assistance center has seen the number of self-reported chronically homeless increase in the last year.

There’s this dynamic that there’s more need than resources for people at risk of homelessness and those who are already experiencing homelessness,” said Jay Dunn, chief executive of The Bridge. “I think that even though our local governments are trying to combat that dynamic, it’s still an uphill battle.”

While strides are being made in creating solutions for the homeless situation in Dallas, all organizations are in need of help. 

The following links are only a few of the many agencies working to combat the problem of homelessness and reaching out to those in need.

Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County

www.ugm-tc.org

OurCalling, Inc.

www.ourcalling.org

Dallas Life Foundatio

www.dallaslife.org

 

*Photo by PA; www.telegraph.co.uk

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Did You Know - 390 Years Ago...

Did you know?

Thanksgiving Day has been an annual holiday in the United States since 1863. Not everyone sees Thanksgiving Day as a cause for celebration. Each year since 1970, a group of Native Americans and their supporters have staged a protest for a National Day of Mourning at Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts on Thanksgiving Day. American Indian Heritage Day is also observed at this time of the year.

There are claims that the first Thanksgiving Day was held in the city of El Paso, Texas in 1598. Another early event was held in 1619 in the Virginia Colony. Many people trace the origins of the modern Thanksgiving Day to the harvest celebration that the Pilgrims held in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. However, their first true thanksgiving was in 1623, when they gave thanks for rain that ended a drought. These early thanksgivings took the form of a special church service, rather than a feast.

In the second half of the 1600s, thanksgivings after the harvest became more common and started to become annual events. However, it was celebrated on different days in different communities and in some places there were more than one thanksgiving each year. George Washington, the first president of the United States, proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1789.

 

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When We Dare to Imagine...

Create.  (websters). Ability to produce something new through imaginative skill, whether a new solution to a problem, a new method or device, or a new artistic objects or form.

Creativity is an essential part of growth. When we dare to create solutions, we dare to imagine. When we dare to imagine, we dare to succeed.

Think left and think right and think low and think high.  Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try”.  – Dr. Seuss

 

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com·mu·ni·ty

com·mu·ni·ty

 noun, often attributive \kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē\

: a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood)

: a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc.

: a group of nations

 

Full Definition of COMMUNITY

1
:  a unified body of individuals: as
  

b :  the people with common interests living in a particular area; broadly :  the area itself <the problems of a largecommunity>

 

c :  an interacting population of various kinds of individuals (as species) in a common location

2out·reach

 noun \ˈat-ˌrēch\

: the activity or process of bringing information or services to people

Full Definition of OUTREACH

1
:  the act of reaching out
2
:  the extent or limit of reach <the outreach of the Ohio floods — Clifton Johnson>
3
:  the extending of services or assistance beyond current or usual limits <an outreach program>also :  the extent of such services or assistance
 
 
 
 
 
                         
 
                         
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Successful Equations

Sometimes we can find fun (and truth) in equations, we wanted to share this tidbit we found, the equation to success:

If A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 
Is equal to 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26

Then:
H+A+R+D+W+O+R+K = 8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%

K+N+O+W+L+E+D+G+E = 11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+55 = 96%

L+O+V+E = 12+15+22+5 = 54%

L+U+C+K = 12+21+3+11 = 47%

None of them add up to 100%

HOWEVER...

Every problem has a solution, perhaps only if we change our "A T T I T U D E".

Our outlook, aka attitude in life and work determines our success, check it out- the proof:

A+T+T+I+T+U+D+E = 1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100% 

At Electric Logistic Solutions we strive to always have positive attitudes toward our work, our customers, our big freight family and even our challenges.  We believe that a strong internal attitude results in great external outcomes!  

 

“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction
of positive thoughts, events and outcomes.
It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.”
– Wade Boggs

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Proof That No One is Perfect...

                                             

 http://thechive.com

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Honesty and the CEO.

Core
- the central, innermost, or most essential part of anything.

 Values 
importance

Honesty refers to a facet of moral character and connotes positive and virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, straightforwardness, including straightforwardness of conduct, along with the absence of lying, cheating or theft.  Furthermore, honesty means being trustworthy, loyal, fair, and sincere.  Wiki 

              I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an "Honest Man." - George Washington

Our company operates under an umbrella of  Core Values, honesty being a priority. Honesty is an important attribute because it is one of the ways that people judge you.  If you cannot be considered as being honest, you will not have good business relationships. Of course, honesty affects all other aspects of our lives as well. William Shakespeare probably said it best  in his famous words “No legacy is so rich as Honesty.”

  

The author of the following story is unknown, and written somewhat as a fable. Regardless, it is a simple example for teaching when it comes to honesty.

 

 “The Seed of Honesty”

A successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing one of his Directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together. He said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you.”

 The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. “I am going to give each one of you a seed today – one very special seed. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO.”

 One man named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story. She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed. Every day, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing. By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn’t have a plant and he felt like a failure.

 

Six months went by — still nothing in Jim’s pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Jim didn’t say anything to his colleagues, however… He just kept watering and fertilizing the soil – he so wanted the seed to grow. A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection. Jim told his wife that he wasn’t going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened. Jim felt sick to his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right.

 

 He took his empty pot to the board room. When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful — in all shapes and sizes.Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for him! When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives.

 

 Jim just tried to hide in the back. “My, what great plants, trees, and flowers you have grown,” said the CEO. “Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!” All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the Financial Director to bring him to the front. Jim was terrified. He thought, “The CEO knows I’m a failure! Maybe he will have me fired! ”When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed – Jim told him the story. The CEO then asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, “Here is your next Chief Executive Officer! Congratulations Jim!”

 

 Jim couldn’t believe it. Jim couldn’t even grow his seed. “How could he be the new CEO?” the others said.

 

 Then the CEO said, “One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead – it was not possible for them to grow. All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive Officer.” 

 

* If you plant honesty, you will reap trust.

* If you plant goodness, you will reap friends.

* If you plant humility, you will reap greatness.

* If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment.

* If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective.

* If you plant hard work, you will reap success.

* If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation.

* If you plant faith in God, you will reap a harvest.

 So, be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will reap later...

 

“Whatever You Give To Life, Life Gives You Back” 

Author Unknown

 http://academictips.org

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