In 1974, Spencer Silver, a 3M Company scientist, gave a seminar on a unique adhesive he had developed. He was still searching for a marketable use for his invention. The adhesive was strong enough to cling to objects but weak enough to allow for a temporary bond. Arthur Fry, another 3M researcher, was present that day.
Mr. Fry sang in his church choir on Sunday nights. He used slips of paper to mark the pages of his music book. When the book was opened, the slips moved around or fell out altogether.
Inspiration struck when Fry pondered that Silver’s adhesive could be put to use to create a better bookmark. If it could be coated on paper, the adhesive would hold a bookmark in place without damaging the page on which it was placed.
In 1977, a selection of secretaries were provided with blocks of the new notes and left to do with them what they pleased. Which, as it turned out, was a lot! The original notion of these little slips as mere hymnal markers was quickly surpassed. Post-it notes were later released to the national market & named the most innovative product of the year.
I love Post-it notes! There is one in the little sun room where I spend a lot of time reading, writing, pondering, & praying. This note was dated & said “Praise First.”
Now I’m not fully sure what was going on in my life at the time I wrote that note, but I suspect that I caught myself beginning a prayer with Please God, would You please do this or could You do that?”
In the model prayer Jesus gave the disciples when they requested, “Lord, teach us to pray,” Jesus began with the acknowledgement that God dwells in heaven. His name is HOLY & to be REVERED. Jesus said, “THY kingdom come, THY will be done”…SO, that humble Post it note reminds me daily to praise God FIRST before I make my requests. I hope you remember to do this, too.
Trivia- That signature yellow color paper of those first notes was due to an abundance of yellow paper at the company when the idea first began to form. They used what they had. :-)