When I became an office manager, my sister sent me a terrific sign that became my Prime Directive (sorry, Star Trek).
If I ever forgot, this sign reminded me of the purpose of my job. I was the designated gatekeeper, tasked with running interference on every distraction that phoned or walked in the door. I dealt with them so my bosses could focus on the work that kept us in business each month. Most sales reps. were willing to work with me but if one of them complained, I showed them the sign. That message gave me that last word.
These days, I’m beginning to think that stories, like people, also need signs. I was in a bricks-and-mortar bookshop the other day and found a few I really liked.
Now that’s great advice, no matter who you are. Every life is a story and yours is only as good as you make it. So live the life that will become the story you want to tell.
If I ran the universe this sign would be on the desk of each teacher and librarian in every primary school. Maybe the secondary schools as well. I’m just sayin’, okay?
And now the sign that all readers need:
What do I want for Christmas this year? This slogan printed on everything I own, from T-shirts to toilet tissue, and cars to my coffee cup. A sign to run interference for me like I ran it for my bosses. I figure folks will have to respect it.
After all, it’s a sign.