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Keep Your Eye Upon the Doughnut

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.



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