(Feb. 27, 2009) — I recently came across a little prayer that I wrote about 10 years ago, after a particularly frustrating series of attempts to quote some business that seemed to become more elusive the harder I tried to nail it down. I put it up on our company logo in my office.
Many have read it since, but only the truly knowing produce a spontaneous burst of laughter that seems to come from their toes. I have a special bond with those who get it, because it harkens back to a better day, not long ago, when the molder was being bombarded with requests for quotes that seemed to come out of nowhere!
The Quoter's Prayer:
Oh Lord, bless this quotation that I am about to send out. In the absence of a proper part print, I have humbly guessed that the squiggly line on this fax-of-a-fax-of-a-fax really is a wrinkle in the paper and not a vital feature of the part.
May I have heavenly wisdom when I am guessing which material the customer really wants when he tells me to use my best judgment and pick one for him.
Protect me, Oh Lord, from the customer and the sales agent who need a quote 'right away.' May I always be given at least 24 hours to perform the miracle of deciphering the print, obtaining a competitive tool cost, unraveling the threads of misspecified or absent dimensions, and, calculating my costs.
Finally, Oh Heavenly Father, if all my guesses are judged to be more competitive than all the other quoters' guesses, and I am blessed to perform this work, may I make at least a pauper's margin of profit. Amen.
I guess times have really changed since then, or have they?
Micro Plastics Manufacturing and Sales Inc.