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    Blog — Generosity

    Core Value: Kindness

    Core Value: Kindness

    “Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families and nations.”

    This week we are spotlighting one of our core values that we have here at The Elderberry Co. Not only do we practice these core values with one another but with our customers as well! 

    Let’s talk about Kindness. What does that look like to you? Have you ever experienced an act of kindness from someone that you will forever remember? You never know what somebody is going through. That is something that we truly hold onto here at work. We can all go about our day, with our task list in hand, focused. But we always remember to stop and have conversation with one another. Whether that looks like giving support, simply listening, or giving advice on how to make something better. Sometimes it means helping our team members with their own task list when there is a lot on their plate. 

    Kindness comes in many forms. Small acts of kindness are just as important as the big ones! Usually when you hear about kindness, it is a story about someone showing kindness to others. What about showing kindness to ourselves as well? How we talk and treat ourselves is a reflection of how we approach others. It’s about extending the same intentions to ourselves too. So a sweet little reminder to show yourself kindness and others as well. 

    At the end of the day, we are all in this together! 

    How could you extend kindness to someone today? It can be a family member, friend or even a stranger. Remember everyone has a story and you never know how powerful your words and actions can be. You never know who you could be saving by one simple act of kindness.

    Figuring Out Fatherhood - Part 2 By Michael Watson AKA Mr. Elderberry

    Figuring Out Fatherhood - Part 2 By Michael Watson AKA Mr. Elderberry

    Last week, we chatted about Relationships and Integrity in Part 1 of Figuring Out Fatherhood. Catch up on Part 1 HERE. This week we conclude our blog with the final two gifts we can give our children in our journey of fatherhood: Teaching and Experiences.


    TEACHING

    This is the gift that will lead our grown children to adopt the lessons learned from us or to run in the opposite direction. “Great dads gift their children with a kind of upright teaching that prepares them to meet the challenges of life and walk in their God-ordained purpose. Doing this well necessitates vision and intentionality” (Loritts, pg. 91). As a follower of Jesus, I believe that God has gifted us the opportunity of stewarding His children, with the ultimate goal of pointing them back to Him as their true father and to launch them into this world prepared to pursue and live out the calling He has placed on their lives. 


    But there is the practical, disciplinary side of teaching as well; Where we teach our boys how to be men and our girls how to be women. Discipline is difficult, and the main reason I want to throw in the towel as a dad. It takes so much consistency and vision, knowing that putting in the hard work while they are young, will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Vision leaks and must be repeated again and again to be retained. One way that we have been able to implement some great teaching moments with our young kiddos is what we call Best, Worst & Weirdest. In the evening, usually at bedtime, we take some one-on-one time with our kiddos to talk through their day.

     

    Best: What was the best part of your day? Let’s celebrate that! 

    Worst: What was the worst part of your day? Let’s talk through it. 

    Weirdest: What was the weirdest part of your day? Let’s laugh at that!


    The age-old tactic of sandwiching the hard stuff in the middle of the good stuff plays out pretty well. But it gives us a chance to do some significant teaching while also helping our kiddos identify things throughout their day and how it made them feel. Right now, one of our short term goals is to raise teenagers who will want to talk to us about how they are feeling!  


    EXPERIENCES

    We are the architects of our kids normal. Especially in the early stages of childhood, we as the parents get to determine our kiddos experiences and and begin shaping their world view. “Great fathers place a premium on giving their children the R.I.T.E. kind of experiences over gifts. Things wear out and expire. Experiences endure, marking us forever.” (Loritts, pg. ?)


    Start with the end in mind. Picture your kids as adults. What are the things you would want them to have learned? What values would you want to instill in them? How would you want to prepare them for life on their own? Start there and work backwards. What moments and milestones over the course of their 18 years of adolescents will help to accomplish those goals? It’s easy to exchange long term resilience for short term comfort and happiness. Father with the long view in mind. An incredibly practical resource for planning out these moments and milestones is the book Family Discipleship by pastors Matt Chandler and Adam Griffin.


    The best advice Bryan gives in his book is the simple, yet often forgotten truth that “the best parenting we will ever do is from our knees. (Loritts, pg. 140) As dependent as our children are on us, we are equally dependent on our Father in heaven to accomplish anything good in the lives of our children. Fathering and failure go hand in hand. Even when we have the best intentions, we are going to fall short. Before you pick yourself back up, spend some time on your knees asking God for the strength and wisdom to try again.


    Thanks so much for joining us on this journey. Comment below with any questions or reflections that come up as you pursue fatherhood. Here's to the difficult but rewarding road ahead! 


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    Core Values: Generosity

    Core Values: Generosity

    “There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” 

    -Margaret J. Wheatley

    Starting, building, growing and running a small business is amazing and tough. When I started The Elderberry Co. I was a one-woman show making Elderberry Syrup in my home kitchen. Over the past three years, we have grown to a team of over 15 people in a commercial kitchen and a cute little storefront in southern Indiana. With the growth we have experienced, one of my lifelines as the owner has been core values. I quickly realized that I needed guidance and wisdom in my decision making process. My family and I follow Jesus and every morning my prayer usually starts with some version of “God help me!” More times than not, I feel like I have no clue what I am doing as I lead my team and grow my business.  Now Jesus helps me in SO many ways throughout my day and one of those ways is leading me to establish and live by my core values. It is through these values that I can see more clearly the decisions I should make and more importantly, the WHY behind what we do. Jesus tells us that the most important command is to love God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself. Pretty simple, right? I’ve found that my core values are the tools that help me love God and love people. 

    We hope to share in more detail each of our core values and how they play out in our business day-to-day. In no certain order, here are our Core values:

    1. Courage
    2. Sincerity
    3. Kindness
    4. Generosity
    5. Relationships
    6. Joy
    7. Hard Work

    Today we want to chat a little about Generosity. We define this as releasing all sense of ownership over our time, money and possessions, recognizing we are simply stewards of everything God has given us. We show generosity in our business in a lot of ways: jumping in to help with a task, checking in on one another to see how we are doing, encouraging one another during a difficult season. Our generosity plays a significant part in our customer service as well. We lead with generosity as we handle refunds and replacements on our products and are always eager to extend a sale if it can help our customers experience the benefits of elderberry as they keep their families healthy.

    Discovering your core values is well worth the effort. Whether you set core values within your place of work or your own home, they help pave a way for success and a sense of balance; they become the core of culture. Once you start living and recognizing them, life shifts in the most beautiful ways! We would love to hear your core values….comment below and let us know!