The Employers' Association

The Employers’ Association (TEA) is a not-for-profit employers’ association, formed in 1939, with offices in Grand Rapids serving the West Michigan employer community. We help more than 600 member companies maximize employee productivity and minimize employer liability through human resources and management advice, training, survey data, and consulting services.

TEA is in the business of helping people. This blog is intended to address human issues, concerns and the things that impact people - be they self-perpetuated or externally imposed. Feel free to respond to the thoughts presented here, for without each other, we are nothing!

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Some people teeter on the edge of their world – watching and waiting – as the reality of life passes them by. They join the throng of painted people living pictured lives moving through an empty existence, melding with other tortured spirits playing out a life they feel was given them without option or choice. They act out assigned roles – existing without purpose – immersed in a bleak reality of doing without dreaming.

Others seek reality within a world of possibilities – an existence restrained only by the limitations of their dreams – watching and waiting for what might be but has yet to become. They challenge the reality of the life they've been given rather than being held captive by their daily routines - refusing to blindly accept the burdens others would have them believe are reality. They celebrate the unfathomable while living life on the edge – always ready to plunge headlong towards a not yet determined destination.

For those who find fulfillment within the status quo, travel obediently upon the straight and narrow path to your destination – for the world needs individuals that will “do without questioning.” For those unwilling to be contained by another’s vision - refusing to be satisfied with another’s explanation of “why” when you’d prefer to seek “why not?” – the world is filled with endless possibilities that have yet to be imagined as we set the course for those unwilling to dream.