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None of us actually believes that what we need in this world is less courage

I’m privileged to work with a lot of amazing community leaders here in Fort Worth. I received this email from my dear friend Carol Klocek, the Executive Director at the YWCA Fort Worth & Tarrant County. It speaks for itself. –COFFEY

Dear friends,

None of us actually believes that what we need in this world is less courage. 

But everyday courage isn’t always easy to recognize.  When I read this statement in a blog post by Sasha Dichter this morning, I immediately thought of the women and children we serve at the YWCA.  It takes so much courage to start life over, even when the old life is hardly worth keeping.  That old life, as painful, humiliating or uncomfortable as it is, is what is known.  I spent my early career working with children who’d experienced such severe abuse and neglect that their parents and “caregivers” were prosecuted, or at least had had their parental rights terminated.  These children often purposefully find their parents after they grown up, to reestablish relationships.  In an awful way – for many people who’ve only known violence, there is a terrible kind of safety they find in that violence.  I found this very hard to understand, until I realized all of us do this – we reach out to what we know.

Moving toward something new takes incredible courage.    Here are some examples of dramatic changes in belief that our women and children make while they at the YWCA….

From believing that “I can’t help what happens to me” to “I can make things happen.”

From believing that “Alcohol makes me feel better” to “I choose to take care of myself today”.

From believing that “I am a woman who deserves to be abused” to “I am a woman who deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.”

From believing that “I am a trouble maker in school” to “I love to learn and play with my friends”.

From believing that “I will go to prison because my father went to prison” to “I will go to college and take care of my family.”

From believing that “I’m a nobody” to “I am somebody.”

Changing these thoughts takes courage every day.  Women and children who come through our doors often believe terrible things about themselves.  And if you believe terrible things about yourself and who you are, then there is very little hope.  Believing new things, taking steps down a new road, creating new kinds of relationships, seeing yourself with new possibilities – takes great courage, every day.  Picking yourself back up after a fall takes courage.  Taking a second chance that’s offered takes courage.

When you give to the YWCA, you are helping to change beliefs and fanning the flames of courage.   As a witness to so much every day courage, I cannot say thank you enough.

Have a great weekend,

Carol

Keep Tennessee Flood Victims in Your Thoughts This Week (Updated)

Update: Our friends in Nashville sent this photo from the Middle Tennessee flood. Click to expand.

 
We received the following message from one of our court house researchers in Tennessee this morning. I’m glad to know that they have come through the flooding relatively unscathed but know that many folks in that area have not been so fortunate:

This weekend, Middle Tennessee experienced the worst flooding in recorded history. Due to the breach of several rivers and waterways, roads are closed all over the region. Buildings and homes are flooded. Our offices experienced mild flooding but we are thankful that we were able to gain control of the water situation and did not lose much.

We are committed to providing the highest quality service to you, but we ask that you be patient with us during the next week while our state recovers from this unprecedented event. There are still many roads closed and buildings flooded, some of them may be the County Offices that we access to perform our research.

We will make every effort to keep you apprised where situations related to the flooding will affect your search results, and will do everything within our power to minimize any inconvenience to you. Thank you for your patience.

I’m glad to work with professionals who amid all of the headaches and heartbreak associated with this disaster take the time to give us an update of what’s going on. At the same time, our thoughts and prayers are with them and their neighbors as they put things back in order.

Employee Complaints

A recent survey by Careerbuilder identified a number of strange complaints about coworkers. I think I worked with the lady who wears bells on her shoes year round (there couldn’t possiby be two, could there?)
http://sanjose.bizjournals.com/sanjose/stories/2009/08/10/daily51.html?ana=e_bjtt

Colbert on Madoff

Just in case the economy, bailouts, pending “fair pay” and “free choice” acts, and financial scandals are getting you down, I thought I’d share this explanation of the Bernard Madoff ponzi scheme from Stephen Colbert. Enjoy! –COFFEY

 

  

Imperative Information Group is a Fort Worth, Texas-based background investigations and business due diligence firm dedicated to clients who can’t afford a cheap background check. For more information about Imperative Information Group’s services, please contact Micah Taylor at 877-HR-FACTS (877-473-2287) or visit us online at http://www.imperativeinfo.com.

Congrats to the Fort Worth ISD History Fair Winners

It is the day after Thanksgiving and Imperative is open with a skeleton crew. These are the kinds of days I relish because the phones are silent and I can get caught up on some long-delayed projects. But first, I thought I’d take a moment of personal privilege.

A couple weeks ago, my eldest son, Jacob, and his partner, Grayson, won the Fort Worth ISD’s history fair competition in the third-grade group category.

They researched Amelia Earhart and did a fine job. I’m proud of them both for the hard work they put into the project… that they won the competition just makes it sweeter.

Good job, guys!


Imperative Information Group is a Fort Worth, Texas-based background investigations and business due diligence firm dedicated to clients who can’t afford a cheap background check. For more information about Imperative Information Group’s services, please contact Micah Taylor at 877-HR-FACTS (877-473-2287) or visit us online at http://www.imperativeinfo.com.

Separated at Birth: Mike Coffey and Steve Jobs?

 Good Morning Silicon Valley, one of my favorite blogs, included the following quote from Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs in an article yesterday.

On the possibility of Apple competing on the cheaper end of the computer markets: “There are some customers which we chose not to serve. We don’t know how to make a $500 computer that’s not a piece of junk, and our DNA will not let us ship that. But we can continue to deliver greater and greater value to those customers that we choose to serve. And there’s a lot of them.”

Even though I use a Dell laptop and don’t own a black turtleneck, maybe great minds sometimes think alike?


As in the computer market, there are many pressures in the background investigations market to allow our product offerings to be driven by price. That is why the cheap instant database-driven background checks have become so popular in recent years. We’ve avoided those pressures by catering to clients who recognize the value of a thorough background check. They love us and we love them.

Heck, buy your toilet paper based on price. But if you buy your background checks the same way, what you receive in return is useful for the same purpose as the toilet paper.

Imperative Information Group is a Fort Worth, Texas-based background investigations and business due diligence firm dedicated to clients who can’t afford a cheap background check. For more information about Imperative Information Group’s services, please contact Micah Taylor at 877-HR-FACTS (877-473-2287) or visit us online at http://www.imperativeinfo.com.