Ward Alles

What I’m thankful for … glasses that are only half full

By Ward Alles on November 22, 2016

My third favorite bible verse of all time is Philippians 4:8. (You’ll have to ask me in person what my first and second favorites are.)

In that somewhat poetical verse, the apostle Paul writes: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”

My pastor recently preached on this verse, explaining how hard it is to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative in life.

Amen to that.

We are all natural-born problem-spotters, aren’t we? (Please note: ironically, going through life only as a problem-spotter IS in itself … a problem.)

As human beings, if we can’t see trouble in the present, we’ll certainly have an eagle eye out for it in the future. We’re not wrong of course. There’s an old axiom that says something to the effect:

You are either in trouble, coming out of trouble, or heading for trouble.

True, challenges are always around us. However, what we choose to dwell on is another matter. And so Paul encourages us not to get bummed out by life, but to “think about whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, praiseworthy.”

So allow me to do so – even as I list out a few of the business challenges Core Creative faced in 2016. Let’s turn lemons into lemonade. Let’s be thankful for what we have … rather than upset about what we don’t.

For Core…

  • A little lost business made us rethink our positioning to be stronger in the long haul.
  • A little lost revenue made us re-prioritize and value better business practices.
  • A little employee turnover brought aboard new energy and experiences to draw upon.
  • A few changes in our roles and responsibilities required improved interpersonal communication.

And for me…

  • Losing made me appreciate winning.
  • Hard times granted me humility (needed or not – HA!).
  • And so many set backs made me grateful for so many blessings.

This Thanksgiving, may God grant you enough blessings to keep you positive … and enough trials to always keep you seeking Him. (And that, of course, leads me to my fourth favorite Bible verse.)

For all of you – clients, employees and business partners alike – who have contributed to Core’s success over these past 22 years, we are indeed grateful. Hope this blog blessed your long Thanksgiving weekend.


Ward Alles is a Brand Consultant and President of Core Creative.