We also talk about something that authors Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles call “The Spirit of the Squirrel,” their term for a concept called “Worthwhile Work” – Work that makes a difference not only in your own life, but also in the lives of others.” As Blanchard explains, squirrels stay busy doing what squirrels do; they gather nuts, eat a few, and bury the rest for a later time. Funny thing about those buried nuts, though, is that the squirrels never retrieve most of them! And some of those buried nuts germinate and sprout new trees – oaks, pecans, hickories, walnuts, beeches, you name it – new forests are born because squirrels stay busy! In fact, Blanchard says that the Spirit of the Squirrel (Worthwhile Work) actually fulfills God’s plan for the forest.
At Catch-A-Dream, we believe this concept applies equally to people; that is, as we demonstrate the Spirit of the Squirrel by doing worthwhile work (which makes a difference not only in our lives, but in the lives
of other people) we are fulfilling God’s plan for OTHER people (the “forest.”) Thus, “Catch-A-Dream never sleeps” because we are, truly, involved in “Worthwhile Work” making a difference in our own little patch of forest.
I coined the “never sleep” phrase because the lives of the people we know, those who support us, and those we serve, don’t necessarily operate on a time clock schedule. One place where that is abundantly evident is the call logs on our telephones; we get a lot of calls and they are not always within the 8-5 timeframe. Regardless of the time or the day, we consider
them all important. Often a particular call is etched in my memory not solely for the content of the conversation, but for the timing, or the setting in which I found myself when the call came in…