By Robert J. Tamasy
鼓勵的話語。我們處於一個被負面消息所環繞的年代，一點適當、肯定的話語能提振別人的情緒或志氣──那可以是讚美、恭維或感謝他人把工作做得好，或向他人保證困難的時刻不會延續到永遠。「口善應對，自覺喜樂； 話合其時，何等美好。」（箴言15章23節）。「良言如同蜂房， 使心覺甘甜，使骨得醫治。」（箴言16章24節）。
勞勃．泰默西是領袖資產協會的傳播部副部長，這是一個總部在美國喬治亞州亞特蘭大的非營利組織。他也是一個有40年經驗的退休新聞工作者。他寫過一本書「最佳狀態的商業：箴言給今日職場的歷久彌新智慧」（Business At Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today”s Workplace）。他也與David A. Stoddard合著一本書「導師之心」（The Heart of Mentoring）。要了解更多資訊, 可上網www.leaderslegacy.com 或上他的部落格www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com以及www.bobtamasy.wordpress.com 。
當你想到「報酬」，你的腦中立刻出現什麼？ 你是否同意專注於別人的需要，而非我們的需要與利益，可以得到無形，但寶貴的報酬？為什麼？ 請舉一例說明你曾做過的事，後來得到意外的回報，不論那回報是在金錢上、專業上、或只是因為能貢獻己力造福別人而感到滿足。那讓你有何感覺？ 當你聽到「施比受更為有福」這句諺語，對你有何意義？註：若你有聖經且想要看有關此主題的其他經文，請看：
THE QUEST FOR DIVIDENDS
By Robert J. Tamasy
Anyone actively involved in investments understands the importance of dividends. One of the selling points of many life insurance plans, for example, is the amount of dividends projected for appreciating the value of the policy. And when we invest in individual stocks, or in more comprehensive mutual funds, we desire to receive the highest and fastest dividend rates.
We pursue other kinds of dividends as well. For instance, we strive to build beneficial relationships with customers, clients, colleagues, suppliers, sometimes even competitors, hoping these connections will pay “dividends” that enhance our business productivity and success.
We invest long hours on the job, dedicated to proving our value as employees, leaders, and members of the corporate team. Our hope is that this labor and devotion will pay dividends in terms of professional advancement, increased responsibility and authority, and greater compensation.
There are other kinds of “dividends” that cannot be calculated by a sales report, in an organizational chart or on a paycheck. For instance, dedication to physical fitness – through healthy eating and a consistent exercise program – can pay great dividends in terms of personal well-being, not only physically but also emotionally, mentally and socially.
All of these kinds of dividends, for the most part, are self-oriented. We want to get a reasonable return for our investments, whether they involve money, time, energy, or talent. But can we reap dividends from pursuits where the focus is to give – and not to get?
Yes we can, which is one reason Jesus taught, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Here are some practical ways for doing this that can pay great dividends:
Words of encouragement. In an age when we find ourselves surrounded by negativity, a few well-chosen, positive words can lift someone”s spirits – a compliment, words of praise or appreciation for work well done, assurance that the moment”s difficulties will not last forever. “A man finds joy in giving an apt reply – and how good is a timely word!” (Proverbs 15:23). “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones” (Proverbs 16:24).
Gift of compassion. When someone is confronted with adversity or pain, a caring, comforting word can provide needed strength and hope. “…so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-7).
Availability as a mentor. Those of us that have traveled further down the road of life have wisdom, experience and insights that we can offer through mentoring relationships, helping others through what life has taught us. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17).
A helping hand. Work seemingly impossible for one person becomes much easier when others committed to the same goal share in performing it. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work…. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).
Robert J. Tamasy is vice president of communications for Leaders Legacy, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. A veteran journalist, he has written Tufting Legacies (iUniverse); Business At Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today”s Workplace (River City Press); and has coauthored with David A. Stoddard, The Heart of Mentoring (NavPress). For more information, see www.leaderslegacy.com or his blogs, www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com and www.bobtamasy.wordpress.com.
When you think of “dividends,” what immediately comes to your mind? Do you agree with the idea that intangible, but valuable dividends can be gained by focusing on the needs and interests of others, rather than ourselves? Why or why not? Give an example of something you did that resulted in unexpected dividends, whether financial, professional, or simply gratification for being able to contribute to the benefit of others. How did that make you feel? When you hear the adage, “It is more blessed to give than to receive,” what does that mean to you? NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to review additional passages that relate to this topic, consider the following verses: Proverbs 3:27-28, 11:24-25, 18:16, 20:15, 21:14, 22:9, 25:11; John 3:16; Ephesians 4:29