This week’s Monday Morning Message from Wm. H. Danforth, founder of Ralston Purina:
What is the Monday Morning Message?
Ever since the day we were born influences, forces, habits, have been fastening half hitches on us and tugging at our lives. Some pull up, some down. Some tug stronger with the years, others weaker. Sometimes we call upon the sturdy lifting fellows to pull us up, only to find the lowering habits holding us back.
You, yourself, know better than anyone else what habits are holding you down. How about cutting loose from one of those down-pulling imps today?
For instance, talking behind people’s backs may be a bad habit you have. Determine that all this week you will not say a single thing behind anybody’s back that you would not say to his face. You will be surprised how many times you will have to leave things unsaid. You will be still more surprised how much stronger the lifting forces will tug when they see one enemy tumbling. They’ll lift you twice as high.
Which down-pulling imp will you cut loose? Which friendly virtue will you strive for?
Wouldn’t it be worth while to give five minutes uninterrupted thought to this message and then ACT?
Do you do things that make you feel bad about yourself afterward? That might be gossiping, overeating, cursing, losing your temper and snapping at your spouse or your kids or anything that makes you feel unhappy or angry.
When you realize that you have a habit like that, make a choice not to do it again.