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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mary Jo Tomasini, Congratulations on Living Life Well

Here is a “Linked In” congratulatory note I sent to Mary Jo Tomasini on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of her company.
“Congratulations Mary Jo on your great success at making Competitive Edge such a blessing to the business world, the community, and the families of your employees! There are many kinds of people in the world, but two very special types are job makers and job takers. There is nothing wrong with being a job taker; we all need employment for income, self satisfaction and self worth and of course employers need workers all the way from professional level to entry level in order to do the tasks that need to be done so businesses can succeed. However (and this is where you come in, Mary Jo) there would be few jobs if it weren't for people like you who have the initiative, skill and insight to begin and run a business and thus create jobs for those who want to work.
So I really do congratulate you, not just on your 21 year anniversary, but that you have lived those 21 years so well and have been such a blessing to so many people.
I also congratulate you on marrying such a great guy and bringing Fred to our community!”
I hasten to add, however, that Mary Jo is only one of many entrepreneurs and business persons who have the courage and initiative to start a business or grow a business that takes on a life of its own under their leadership. Others are able to take a struggling business and turn it into a successful enterprise or take a thriving business and make it even better.
I’m a churchman, and gladly so, but I am often exasperated when the church appears to only appreciate the openly spiritual people who are up front and helpful in preaching, singing, teaching and other obviously spiritual tasks. Nothing wrong with that, but we all too seldom give attention to those business leaders and workers who take a Christ-like spirit and Christ-like morals into the marketplace and quietly live their lives of quiet inspiration. (Note I didn’t say desperation, but inspiration.) They thus show by their values and hard work what it is like to be a genuinely Christ-like person in the midst of many who don’t know Christ and would never come to know him without the day-to-day witness of their co-workers.
So congratulations Mary Jo, and all the rest of you who take Christ to the marketplace. Through your efforts to be Christ-like in your everyday lives you show the world just how awesome He really is.
I'm Rick Blumenberg and that's "My View from Tanner Creek".


Ren Baldwin said...

So excellently written, Rick. Not only does Mary Jo take show her Christ like presence to business customers, employees, vendors, and business associations, but she takes it also in her work in the community. To name only one; the Lake Michigan College Board of Trustees. Such an important position she does so well.

Rick Blumenberg said...

I agree Ren. She has a very important position and I'm sure serves there very well. Glad to be her friend.