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word and world – its the difference in the spelling, or doing


I just had a young black fellow stroll into my offices.

This is a bit unusual. For one thing, this is Alpharetta. And, for the sake of perspective, a CFO for a local fortune 500 hundred company that I’m working with over some search and recruiting criteria likely passed him in the lobby outside the door.

I’m working fast and furious to help a coaching client tie together a few last details over his life-changing acquisition.

My visitor, with his baggy jeans, tilted cap and bling carefully advised me that he’d tried to stop by a few times: “just to see what’s going on”.

For only a moment, I thought about being irritated. Then a thought struck me: “A word of love can make a world of difference”.

So, I told him a little bit about myself and our business. He kept looking at my business card and asked me: “What is it like to be so important”?

My client was standing next to me, slapped my shoulder, and offered: “Cork will tell you it’s not about him, it’s about what he does”.

He certainly had me there.

So… I told the young fellow to go think about what he wants to do, and whom might need him. I want him to think about ways he could make those two things intersect in a  meaningful way. If he showed back up at my offices having put some effort into a form of plan – at least some thoughts, I grimly advised him that I would consider walking with him awhile.

His smile practically lit up the room. He reared himself up, and grabbed my hand, thanking me profusely. As he left, he was full of strut and purpose.

I sure hope I see that fellow again. And, I hope God gives me the ability to make a difference in his life.

More later, I’ll both hope, and to be sure.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

3 Comments to

“word and world – its the difference in the spelling, or doing”

  1. Avatar December 15th, 2009 at 5:27 pm Aaron Says:

    These, my fellow brother, are truly the defining moments in our lives. When we reach beyond our comfort zone of influence to influence those that likely need it as much as those within our circle, but never pass our path as a result of our formative walls of insulation and isolation.

    I look forward to hearing more of the adventures of Cork and the Prodigy Who Didn’t Know It.

  2. Avatar December 16th, 2009 at 7:38 am Brian Patrick Cork Says:

    A local Rabbi that evidently derives a tremendous amount of pleasure in lecturing me (I enjoy it as well) read this and called me with the following question: “If the teacher appears when the student is ready, are you?”

    That’s a lesson, reminder and riddle rolled into a great question.

    I’m certainly looking forward to the answer.

    Although, as I type this reply, dear friend Aaron, another maxim, as posited by Muslims (allegedly, anyway) is: “the punishment is sometimes in the promise, and sometimes the promise is in the punishment.”

    More later, to be sure.


  3. Avatar December 17th, 2009 at 6:40 pm Andy Says:

    Lead us Brian Cork!

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