Saturday, January 21, 2012

Donut day!

As you travel through life my brother, whatever be your goal, keep your eye upon the donut and not upon the hole.

Years ago I saw this sign in a donut shop and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It was such a simple idea, yet so powerful. It certainly left an impression on me. The idea is to focus on what is and not what might be missing. Without the absence of donut in the middle it would not be a donut. Keep your eye upon the donut and not upon the hole. Look for the good in things and don’t dwell on what is missing. What a beautiful and simple idea.

A couple of years ago, I was introduced to a family tradition my cousin started with his wife and kids. They would wake up and stir the household on any given Saturday morning with the joyful declaration: “Get up, it’s donut day!” His kids were young and thrilled with the excitement and anticipation of the unexpected. They would jump into the car and drive to the local donut shop to select a fresh baked donut. What to order: glazed, sprinkles, frosted or plain? The type didn’t really make a different, it was about the entire experience of donut day from the break of dawn through the last delicious bite. It was a simple idea but to their family, there was nothing better.

So concentrate on what you have and not what you do not. Be carefree and enjoy what is. Start your days with a purpose. Enjoy the anticipation of things. Do this, and I will bet dollars to donuts you will be a happier human being.

- Optimist contributor Wes Morgan: originally posted June 27, 2011

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