Today, while I was walking down the 13 flights of stairs to check the mail in my office building, my mind started wandering. About a flight down, I saw the same empty paper cup sitting on the railing. The two previous days I made the same trek, I walked by it figuring that someone from the maintenance crew would make a sweep of the staircase in order to remove any trash. I was wrong. Instead of walking by again, I stopped and picked it up to dispose of it once I reached the first floor. This got me thinking about sayings I’ve heard over the years that I do my best to try to live by. I thought I’d share some of them with you.
Always leave a place in better shape than you found it.
(This applies to staircases, jobs, and even Girl Scout campsites.)
You give what you get.
When someone shows you who they are, believe them!
Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.
Do or do not. There is no try.
(Yoda was one smart Jedi!)
Criticize in private. Compliment in public.
A closed mouth gathers no feet.
Anything worth doing is worth doing right.
I’m always on the lookout for my next mantra. I would love to hear your favorites as well.