Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Three things I learned from Elaine

Dearest Elaine, 

I have been thinking about you lately and how you taught me three things about life that I will never forget.

1. Bring them napkins before they ask
Anticipate the needs of others.  Don't think only about yourself and what you need to do, but think of others before yourself.

2. Take good care of Old Joe in the corner booth
Build relationships with people.  Remember their names and their stories.  It will enrich your life, while also building a community of trust.

3. Never come back from the dining room empty handed
Always keep busy.  If you take care of what needs to be done now, there will be less to be done later. 

Thank you for the years that you looked out for me and taught me so well!