The GCBN always challenges us to find ways to use Christian principles in our business activity. When asked to write this article, I began to think of some of the most important principles that should guide us in business. What first came to mind was Matthew 7:12 “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you”. At first glance, following the “Golden Rule” may seem simplistic, yet it is one of the most difficult things to do in our personal and business lives. It is so important that it is included in some version in many different religions. It is treating others with the same consideration and respect as we want for ourselves. For those we love or like, applying the golden rule is not difficult, however when we deal with business associates, people we don’t like or even know, it can be much more of a challenge. Following the golden rule is good business practice because it requires that we constantly reflect on how we deal with others. In applying the golden rule with our customers, our suppliers, our employees and business associates, we would be courteous, honest, operate with integrity, pay our debts, be helpful, avoid criticism, initiate positive change, avoid greed, rise above retaliation, listen more and talk less, to name a few. How much of the current economic crisis could have been avoided if most of the business leaders, the politicians and citizens at large practiced the golden rule. I am challenging myself and I challenge you as well to make the golden rule a part of your daily personal and business life.
About My Business
The LONA Gallery is a “must visit” destination for collectors of original art and lovers of unique handcrafted gifts. LONA (which stands for Lawrenceville Original and Novel Art) is the brainchild of co-owners, sisters and native Atlantans, Sylvia Culberson and Carolyn Wright. Our dream was to provide a charming and inviting venue to showcase work of talented local artists. Art at LONA is an eclectic mix, from traditional to modern, from serious to whimsical and covers a variety of mediums including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels and photography. Also featured is exquisite jewelry, sculpture, pottery and more by local and international artisans.
One of our most important goals was to work with local artists and artisans in an effort to involve and support the local community and the local economy. We have been fortunate to expand our list of artisans to include Ten Thousand Villages, which is a fair trade company that was started by the Mennonites over 60 years ago. Unemployed and under-employed artisans from countries around the world are helped to begin businesses using their skills and local materials to create products. These products are sold in North America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand through fair trade relationships – benefitting people rather than maximizing profits. We are proud to be associated with an organization that promotes entrepreneurship and self-sufficiency. We carry beautiful handcrafted jewelry and other products through our association with Ten Thousand Villages.
Located at 186 West Crogan Street across from the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse on the square in downtown Lawrenceville, The LONA Gallery is a delight for the senses. Our goal is to inspire, encourage, stimulate and educate…fine art can be affordable, accessible and a treasured part of every home. We invite you to visit us soon to see the beautiful art and gift items.