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FROM THE PUBLISHER’S DESK: A few words of wisdom

Posted on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 8:51 am


If you follow the Manchester Times on Facebook, then you know we like to start the morning by sharing the day’s weather and a motivational quote.

We started doing that for simple reasons – what better way to start the day than to have the weather and a nice quote from your hometown newspaper (and I know you all grab your phones to start the day. Or is it just me?)

By Josh Peterson, publisher

But for those of you who don’t follow us on Facebook, and for those of you who do but would like a refresher, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite quotes that we’ve used throughout the years to start the day off with – hopefully some will stick with you in your day to day. (In no particular order.)

“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.”Carol Burnett. I’m not sure it gets any simpler than this. But in a society were so many people cling to the ideology that other people are somehow responsible for their personal short falls, it’s worth putting on this list.

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” – Og Mandino. So simple to start off. In fact, it’s the basic cliché that most of us heard from our parents. Just do your best. The second portion of that quote is actually the one that I try to live by most these days. Today’s world is one of instant gratification. And as much as we like to complain about the instant-gratification mentality, it’s easy to fall into that trap ourselves. Or at least it is for me. So I try to remember to plant seeds, and be patient while I nourish their growth – this works personally and in business life.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”Edmund Burke. There are several variations of this one, but it is one that I take to heart. Coming up through the newspaper world, this is a quote that I kept posted near my desk. Not to pretend that I’m some sort of vigilante or it is up to me to root out evil, but a community newspaper has a very important role of watchdog journalism, rooting out bad apples and exposing light on truth where darkness is covering what the people have a right to know. It’s a great feeling to fight that fight – one of the greater good.

“The problem with revenge is that it never evens the score. It ties both the injured and the injured to an escalator of pain. Both are stuck on the escalator as long as parity is demanded, and the escalator never stops.” This is one I had to learn through the years, but it’s oh so true. Revenge is truly one of the biggest wastes of time. I like to follow the forgive, but never forget ideology. No, you can’t let people run you over and blindly forgive them. You don’t have to be their friend or business partner, but don’t waste your minutes with hate in your heart or revenge on your mind. Life is just too short.

I hope some of these are worth remembering.

–Josh Peterson is the publisher of the Manchester Times. He is a Tennessee Press Association award-winning writer and photographer. His column, “From the publisher’s desk” won TPA first-place honors for best personal humor column and best personal column. The National Newspaper Association named him “Top 30 Under 30” of newspaper professionals in 2016. He can be reached by email or by telephone at 931-728-7577 ext. 105. Follow him on Twitter @joshpeterson29