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The Pumpkin Strategy

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The Pumpkin Strategy

Back in the 1970s, my Mom won an award at the state agric show
She won an award for growing giant pumpkin.

In many instances, other farmers came to seek her advice.
To each, the chirpy and quirky widow narrated a pumpkin tale about
An angry pumpkin farmer who died and went to heaven

Upon entering the main gate, he started cursing and swearing angrily
“God is so wicked and crafty! For years, he never gave me a good pumpkin harvest.”

“After a brief tour of the office, I can answer that question.” replied an angel.
Off they went—

At the first stop, the angel said, “Mr. Angry Pumpkin Farmer, this is Station A.
Here, all daily request from pumpkin farmers are received, sorted and classified.”
“Hmm. That ’s a very busy office for daily requests,” the farmer remarked.

At the second stop, the angel said, “Mr. Angry Pumpkin Farmer, this is Station P”
Here, all requests approved by God are delivered to pumpkin farmers on earth.”
“Hmm. That’s yet a very busy office for daily approvals.”

At the last station, the angel said, “Mr Angry Pumpkin Farmer, this is Station G.
Here all Thank You Letters are processed,” the angel said.
“Only one person? Why is she sleeping on the job? Disgusting!” the farmer exclaimed.
“No, it is not her fault, she must be so bored?” the angel replied.
“Why?”
“Look, her tray is empty. Farmers seldom express gratefulness for any abundant harvest.”

Then, it dawn on the pumpkin farmer, “Gratefulness is a Pumpkin Strategy.”

Just like pumpkin farming, being grateful to our supporters is a success strategy.