I recently ate at Chipotle and got a smile when I read their napkin: “This napkin is made from 100% recycled content. It could have been a losing lottery ticket or a frustrating furniture assembly manual in its past life…forgive and forget.”

As you use the start of the new year as a time for a time of reflection, think about what you have been in your past life that you would like to forgive and forget. Were you an overly aggressive co-worker? An absent friend? An angry partner? An over-spender or over-eater? Part of the silent majority?

Forgive and forget. Let yourself off the hook and then resolve to do better in the new year. If Chipotle’s napkin can have a new start, you can recycle yourself too.


About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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