Having worked in restaurants several times, I know that people often leave things behind on the table meant for the server. Some of those things are welcome and I try to leave something a server will find uplifting. I call them my "restaurant missives." The small business card sized missives I leave are often thought provoking one-liners, words of encouragement or quotes by famous people meant to bring hope.
I like to think that leaving these thought changing one liners will brighten someone's day. If I can leave a little something besides a good tip that changes someone's way of thinking, I'm happy to do so. Maybe the thought is the best tip they get all day, after all.
Here is a sampling of some of the one liners I've left behind and I hope you find something uplifting or thought changing in them.
"It's always too soon to quit."
"A cyclone gets its power from the calm at its center."
"An adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton
"The scenes from our lives serve a story much larger than our own."
"God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame." Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"It is a greater compliment to be trusted than to be loved." George MacDonald
"We are shaped and fashioned by what we love."
"How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it."
"Don't allow the circumstances to determine how far you can go."
"Unless there is an element of risk in our exploits for God, there is no need for faith." Hudson Taylor
"Life is not so short that there is not time for courtesy." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"You have freedom when you're easy in your harness." Robert Frost
"Don't give up five minutes before the miracle happens."
"Life is short but some days last forever."
"A truly cheerful face comes from a joyful heart."
"Write your sorrows in sand and your blessings in stone."
"You have more to learn from what's in front of you than from whatever it is you seek."
"To lose heart is to lose everything."
"You don't have to see the top of the staircase to take the first step." Martin Luther King Jr.
"This moment is as perfect as it will ever be."
"Tact is the art of winning a point without making an enemy."
"Extraordinary things hide in places people never think to look."
"The most wasted day is one without laughter." e.e. cummings
"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes last forever."
"The reward of a thing well done is to have done it." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"In life it pays to be like Gumby, he's flexible."
"Life can be complicated but happiness is really pretty simple."
"Just sing your song the way you feel it."