Back in the 1950’s, I looked forward to visiting my mother’s family in Buffalo, as much for our obligatory visit to Freddie’s Doughnuts as for anything else. The doughnuts were memorable, but so was a sign on the wall offering the following advice: “As you wander on through life brother, whatever be your goal, keep your eye upon the doughnut and not upon the hole.”
A doughnut store may not be the most reliable source of life lessons, but I’ve found that one useful. Here’s some other advice (sources unknown) that I’ve found helpful.
- There are two sides to every story. And then there’s the truth.
- You can’t control what happens to you; what you can control is your reaction.
- It’s not the work; it’s the people.
- Life is about managing expectations.
- Waste not, want not.
- It’s not the days in your life; it’s the life in your days.
- Love your job; you’ll never work a day in your life.
- Do what you want to do. Then at least one person is happy.
And have a doughnut.