Fred the Fish

living In The Ocean

Fred was a fish in the big ocean. Real big ocean. Fred lived with other fish in his school (fish term for family of like fish). Life was OK, but you had to swim around and find food while you avoided the bigger fish who ate the smaller fish like Fred. Sometimes you were not smart enough to get away in time and became fish food for another fish.

The Bait

One day, a strange thing dropped into the ocean. The fish all asked what this new thing was. Then some started to shout (in bubbles, of course, fish can’t shout), “There’s food over here!”.  OK, free food was a very odd thing in the ocean. Some fish began to question why was there this new free food in the center of this new thing that just dropped into the ocean. Some of the fish were not so enlightened and raced towards the free food. Yum, it was good, so it had to be OK, right?

Free Food

Some fish wandered in, took a nibble, and raced back out of the thing where the free food was. If it is that good, it must be bad.
Some fish shouted that the free food was a trap, and to be strong, stay away for the new thing that dropped into their ocean. Fish like Fred listened and followed the fish that said to avoid the new thing and the free food. Many however were weak in character and followed the others into the center of this new thing to get the free food that tasted so good.

Trapped

Then the new thing began to close up, trapping the fish who were just looking for the free food. As it closed, it began to raise up out of the ocean. By now, the fish who had thought the free food was a good thing we’re afraid of what was happening. Up out of the ocean the net went, and the fish disappeared. They were emptied into a pot of boiling water where they were cooked and canned.

Rules Aren’t So Bad

Fred saw that the free food was not a good thing. Life was supposed to be a balance of difficult and rewarding. Sometimes things were easy, but most of the time, life was about following rules and working to be a better fish.
Sounds familiar at all?
Dave Tay

Your Work Is Meaningful

Economics of Work and Salvation.

Work makes us work together. It’s in this that we can show our humanity to each other, or not. Have you been at work and seen behavior that steals another person’s dignity? Think of it this way, have you seen a coworker bullied, put-upon, made to work to excess? Or, is your workplace a place where humanity thrives and the business does as well?

What makes one place of business one way, or another?

Economics of people working together, HR, employee benefits, and faith are what I write about, someone passed along this informal classroom pole. 40% of Students admitted they have witnessed broken workplaces.

Workplaces are human places first. People do stuff, solve problems and make things together. It’s all done to promote family and community, that’s what work does.

Work is Part of God’s Original Design

Matthew Kelly’s lenten video where he says,

Work is part of God’s original design.

We Must Bring Meaning to Our Work

Matthew Kelly’s lenten video on bringing meaning to your work.

For 98% of us our work is not intrinsically meaningful. Like the work of a Cancer doctor whose work is by its nature intrinsically meaningful, most of us must bring meaning to our work.

How do you bring meaning in every moment of your workday?

Katherine Drexel, A Saints’ Work

Giving up the worlds hold on us makes it possible to see a reality seldom recognized in the daily grind. Trading the world’s promise of fame, fortune, power, honor, privilege for God’s promises means recognizing the workplace as a human place.

It means, doing things like Katherine Drexel did, it is to move your heart from doing for yourself, do doing for others. Katherine Drexel gave up Millions and look what her choice created, a link to her story of starting Xavier University and so many other good works.

What is your place of work like? What do you bring to your workplace? Comment or share your own view.

IRS Filing Relief Clarified

A Story About What It Takes To Get ACA Right

Once in a while, after thirty years of service to the benefits community, a question challenges me. Anyone who knows me knows, I love the detail and a challenge.

The unread 2,500 pages of ACA has been a challenge since the beginning and the question I received about it this time, made me dig for the right answer.

A friend and business owner asked, Continue reading “IRS Filing Relief Clarified”

How is a benefit plan like a bus route?

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School bus flashers are for the safety of the children on and off the bus.

A benefit office is supposed to make decisions for the benefit of the beneficiaries. A bus route should be concerned first for the safety of the children.

On the main road connected to my subdivision, two different school districts have bus routes running in opposite directions. The road is a two lane semi-rural, 50 MPH road. I’d add, drivers routinely move at 60 MPH or more.

Lake Orion School District buses travel southbound. Rochester Community Schools travel northbound on the very same road; it’s Adams Rd. for those interested in the particulars. In both districts, the bus stops on the road or shoulder but does not turn into the subdivision.

Lake Orion has chosen to tell bus drivers not to use the red flashing stop safety lights when picking up the children. And, by contrast, Rochester Community Schools does instruct drivers to turn on their red safety flashers. Continue reading “How is a benefit plan like a bus route?”

Our Closed Healthcare System, a Short Video

Take a look at the video the complexity of our healthcare system, and this is just the relationship between the owners and the insurance company! It is no wonder that it is hard to identify what the main problems are in our system or make the improvements we all want.

Allow us to help you navigate the jungle of healthcare.

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We don’t get input from other countries or methods. We don’t allow “new” to permeate the way we do things. As proof, consider the venture capital “Blue Print Health” spent $2.3mm and only 17% was spent on anything “new” to help health.

It’s all new ways of financing medicine, the $2.3mm is not introducing innovative solutions to improve the health of individuals. We look to hospitals and pharma to solve the problem and they provide only solutions they can sell.

Get an up-close look at the chart by watching the video as it explains our current system, lack of a system. Read other posts on Healthcare White Paper Series.

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