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INSTANT OR MASHED POTATOES

Updated: Aug 5

Things That Are Worthwhile Take Time To Make



On a recent hiking adventure in Prescott, Arizona, my husband and I had a delightful conversation with Christina and Frank, a couple we just met. Early in our conversation, it was apparent that Frank is naturally gifted in meaningful conversation that produces favorable results.


Frank told us the story of how they met 2 ½ years ago. He shared how after their first date he knew that he wanted to pursue a long-term relationship with Christina. Christina, on the other hand, thought Frank was terrific but out of fear of another relationship that may go bad hastily decided that he wasn’t the man for her. She responded to his text asking her out with the words, “Thanks, but no thanks.” Frank stewed in confusion. He questioned himself as to why she would abruptly end a relationship that began so beautifully. Taking a leap of faith forward, Frank texted Christina asking if they could talk. Reluctantly, she agreed. The conversation went like this:


Frank: Do you like instant or mashed potatoes?

Christina: Mashed.

Frank: Do you like instant or fresh brewed coffee?

Christina: Fresh brewed.

Frank: Do you like food cooked in a microwave or crockpot?

Christina: Crockpot.

Frank: Things that are worthwhile take time to make.


What wisdom Frank had! Great relationships don’t just happen. They take time to make, even in the workplace with the people you lead.


How can you be more intentional in cultivating relationships with those you work with and lead?


What benefits do you believe will come from better working relationships? How will your efforts benefit your entire team?


I’m happy to say that Frank and Christina are thriving in marriage today. What will you do to improve your relationships and make them flourish?


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