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Person holding donut with caption: As you ramble through life, brother Whatever your goal, Keep your eye upon the doughnut, And not upon the hole. [the optimist’s creed]

Cheryl Lyon, CPC

Spiritual Director, Retreat Leader and Life Coach

The Doughnut or the Hole?

As you ramble through life, brother
Whatever your goal
Keep your eye upon the doughnut
And not upon the hole.

I ran across this saying on a poster in the rest-room of a bakery some years back.  When I Googled it to find the author, I discovered that the quote was registered as a trademark by the now defunct Mayflower coffee and doughnut shops and reportedly appeared on every box of doughnuts they sold.

I consider myself an optimist, but yet… how many times do I have my eye on the “hole” rather than on the deliciousness of the doughnut?

How many times do I focus on the lack of something I want or some quality I think I should have, rather than focusing on the abundance in front of me, and the gifts I do have?  How many times am I looking at the problem instead of looking at God?

It reminds me of a quote attributed to Julian of Norwich (c.1342-1416):

 I look at you, I look at God, I keep looking at God.

Wise advice, indeed.

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Cheryl Lyon, CPC

Cheryl Lyon, CPC

I’m a spiritual director and retreat leader with a life coaching background. I offer spiritual companioning and retreats for people who want to go deeper – deeper into themselves, deeper into their connection with the Divine, and deeper into that place of peace, equanimity, and connection they sometimes feel in meditation, prayer, nature or the arts.

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