August 19, 2004

Ah, the Simple Life

Are you going to work hard today?

Are you going to be nice today?

Now remember, what we agreed:

No calling names.
No yelling.
No whining.

Have a good day dear.

This is what I overheard a woman telling her obviously successful husband as she dropped him off for work at one of our major downtown office buildings today.

Or maybe it was what I heard a mother tell her pre-school-age daughter when I was in line behind them at Starbucks.

I can't remember.

A good review to start the day in either case though.

Reminds me of a story I heard the author and organizational philosopher Meg Wheatley tell once about a grade school that operated with only three rules:

Take care of yourself.
Take care of each other.
Take care of this place.

Now if all of us adults could just get on that clue bus, I might be able to work my way out of a job.

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