Have it your way

The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances. Victor E. Frankl 1905 – 1997 Henry Ford was famous for saying that his customers could buy his cars in any color they wanted, so long as they wanted black. That lack of choice would mean certain death for most products today. We’ve grown accustomed to customization, to having products and services that match our specifications. We want our Big Mac or Quarter Pounder with the trimmings we choose, washed down with not just a Coke, but a Cherry Diet Coke, a Vanilla Coke Zero, or one …
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So what?

There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so. William Shakespeare 1564 – 1616 When I was a child, there was one expression I remember hearing quite often. I really didn’t like to hear it, which may be why it stands out for me. The expression was “So what?” When I’d done something I thought was important, my playmates would use it to bring me down a notch. Conversely, my mother would use it to try to cheer me up when I came home feeling low. It was much more effective as a mood killer than a mood …
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Setting expectations

Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectation. Leo Buscaglia 1924 – 1998 Recently, I went to my doctor for a routine physical. Part of the exam involved giving a blood sample for testing. As the nurse prepared to stick me with the needle, she said, “This is going to hurt a bit. Okay?” I wondered to myself if she understood the purpose of her comment. So I asked if she knew why she informed patients what to expect. As it turns out, she’d never given it much thought; it was simply what she was taught to …
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