It' Just a Dog
From time to time people tell
me, "Lighten up, it's just a dog," or, "That's a
lot of money for just a dog." They don't understand the
distance traveled, the time spent or the costs involved for "just
a dog." Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just
a dog." Many hours have passed and my only company was "just
a dog," but I did not once feel slighted. Some of my
saddest moments have been brought about by "just a dog,"
and, in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a
dog" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.
If you, too, think it's "just a dog," then you will
probably understand phases like "just a friend," "just
a sunrise," or "just a promise." "Just a dog"
brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and
pure unbridled joy. "Just a dog" brings out the
compassion and patience that makes me a better person. Because
of "just a dog" I will rise early, take long walks and
look longingly to the future.
So for me, and folks
like me, it's not "just a dog" but an embodiment of
all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the
past and the pure joy of the moment. "Just a dog"
brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from
myself and the worries of the day.
I hope that someday
they can understand that it's not "just a dog" but the
thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just
So the next time you hear the phrase "just
a dog." just smile....because they "just don't
- Author Unknown
the local paper in 1993.
Growing up as I did, in the
mountains of West Virginia, I was surrounded by people who had
little in the way of earthly wealth. However, many were rich in
spirit and character. Their net worth expressed itself in
old-fashioned words, such as integrity and honor, rather than
traditional numbers. They believed that your word was a contract
more binding than any on paper, and they slept the sleep of the just
in unlocked homes.
In the years that have passed since
then, so much in the world has changed. The speed at which we live
seems to increase daily. Our front porches have disappeared and most
of us don't know our neighbors. Cyber scams, virtual TV and talk
shows make us feel that we've somehow been transported to another
planet while sleeping. Our faith in the innate goodness of human
beings has diminished or disappeared.
of this has affected us, and one result is that the business of
doing business is much more difficult. It's hard to know what to
trust and in whom you can believe. The larger and the more important
the transaction, the higher the stress it seems to generate.
is my conviction that in today's world, the values of yesterday are
vital. I have seen nothing in my life, nor in the 40 years in which
I've been in aviation, to convince me that being dishonest or
untrustworthy is a good idea. I've had no experience that caused me
to think that being untruthful to customers is a great foundation on
which to build a business.
There is neither sale nor any
business transaction important enough to cause me to abandon the
lessons of that time so long ago.
If you are interested in
buying an airplane, selling an airplane, or finding someone to help
you sell your airplane, please give me a call. I promise to do my
very best for you.