Many of us were blessed by terrific success in l999. It was our best year in 20 years of doing business as the region’s award-winning business weekly newspaper. I hope to repeat that performance at the very least.
While a weak economy causes us to worry and fret, a good economy can also cause problems. The perennial worrier will find a reason to fear even success. So I want to offer a few choice words of wisdom I recently read in a motivational book.
There are two days in every week about which we should not worry , two days that should be kept free from any fear and apprehension. One of these days is Yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its aches and pains, its faults and blunders. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring back Yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed; we cannot erase a single word we said; we cannot rectify a single mistake.Yesterday has passed forever beyond recall. Let it go.
The other day we should not worry about is Tomorrow, with its possible adversities, its burdens, its large promise and poor performance. Tomorrow also is beyond our immediate control. Tomorrow’s sun will rise either in splendor or behind a mass of clouds , but it will rise. And until it does, we have no stake in Tomorrow, because it is as yet unborn.
That leaves us but one day , Today! And a person can fight the battles of just one day.
Yesterday and Tomorrow are futile worries. Let us therefore resolve to journey no more than one day at a time.
Where would Helena Rubinstein, Kirk Kerkorian, H. Wayne Huizenga, Michael Dell, Ted Waitt and Bill Gates be today as non-college graduates if they worried about Yesterday or Tomorrow? They probably would have failed to be the internationally famous businessmen and women they turned out to be today.
So as the new millennium begins its l,000-year journey, let’s get off on the right foot by taking it one day at a time. What do you say?
I thought I might end this column with a little ditty that someone sent me on E-mail.
Try to imagine working at the company described below. It has 500 employees with the following statistics:
– 29 employees have been accused of spousal abuse.
– 7 employees have been arrested for fraud.
– 19 employees have been accused of writing bad checks.
– 117 employees have bankrupted at least two other businesses.
– 3 employees have been arrested for assault.
– 71 employees cannot get a credit card due to bad credit.
– 14 employees have been arrested on drug-related charges.
– 8 employees have been arrested for shoplifting.
– 21 employees are current defendants in lawsuits.
– 84 employees were stopped for drunken driving in l998 alone.
Could you venture the name of this organization?
It’s the U.S. Congress, the same group of 535 members that perpetually cranks out hundreds of new laws designed to keep the citizens in line.