Wherever you find wisdom, snatch it up. I was watching Downton Abbey
, the Julian Fellowes
series about England at the turn of the 2oth century when, Anna, a lady’s maid, rebuked a colleague for meddling. “The trick in business is to mind your own.” It’s a statement that makes sense in so many different circumstances. I had it on post-it on my computer for months and now I’m sharing it with you. The time we spend talking about what others are doing wrong we could use to do something right. This banner encapsulates that idea. It’s so simple and yet so true.
Maids say the wisest things. I doubt it but if you haven’t seen Downtown Abbey and you’re wondering why a church has a lady’s maid…It’s a historical drama about a family and its staff of house servants. The pith of the plot is familiar because it’s like a Jane Austen book. A noble gentleman has three daughters to marry. But to whom? He is too good-hearted to make them marry just for money and they are all strong-willed girls. One of them is even wearing pants! There’s sex out of wedlock, love that defies class boundaries, World War I, which is still a very romantic era in English art and literature, servant gossip of course, people seeing things they should not, an American far from home – but she has enough money to make up for her breeding – and many more quainteries* to amuse.
*This word does not exist; I made it up. But it should, right?
Cheers to your business, whatever it may be.