“If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your
wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.”
– Joseph Addison – English essayist, poet, and politician
I once worked with a cantankerous fellow named Doug. Colleagues sometimes referring to him as Old Thunder Cloud as he seemed to walk beneath a small, dark thunder cloud. We worked in a large building and my department had little interaction with Doug’s. It wasn’t until the company did some renovating that I began to encounter him in the hallways. For a couple weeks, he was kept busy transporting items from his old office to the new one.
One day I happened to be in Doug’s area of the building and found him carefully hang...
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