This week’s Monday Morning Message from Wm. H. Danforth, founder of Ralston Purina:
What is the Monday Morning Message?
During the war, a little community in Germany exhausted its food supply, and was forced to live on turnips. Turnips raw, turnips cooked, turnip soup, turnips disguised in every conceivable way, but only turnips to eat. On an unbalanced, turnip diet, the power of resistance was reduced to a minimum. Statistics from that community showed from four to five times more tuberculosis in the lives of the children who lived on turnips then than there was in a group of children of the same age before the war.
Are you living on turnips—movies, pleasure, loss of sleep, lack of study, no power to concentrate? Life’s program must build up a surplus against a day of need. If you are eating too many turnips, better look out. Why not lay off and take a little more Ralston, Milk, Butter and SPINACH!
Are you locked in to the familiar? Familiar experiences, familiar people, familiar days? When you limit yourself to doing, thinking and believing the same things you hold yourself back.
Open yourself up to the new. Talk to new people and get new points of view. Break out of your routine and do things in a new way. Work in a new place, with new stimuli.
Just as you wouldn’t eat only one food, do not get stuck in ruts in your work and other areas of life.