Take the donut

In 1845, Henry David Thoreau built a 10-foot by 15-foot cabin where he spent two years, two months, and two days living as simplistic as possible. He would go on to write about his experience in his essential book, Walden.

Two little known facts about his time in the woods was that he had built the cabin on a piece of land owned by his wealthy friend, Ralph Waldo Emerson. In addition, every week Thoreau’s mother would stop by and drop off a basket of fresh-baked good for Thoreau to enjoy. Inside, he would often find donuts.

When we are doing our best work, it is easy to fall into the trap of not excepting help from others. We are afraid of what people might think and we do not want to lose the purity of the experience.

We forget to take the donut.

Next time someone offers you a few bucks to say thank you, take the donut.

When someone wants to give you a ride or a free meal or a couch to crash on, take the donut.

Even the most self-reliant among us needed help along the way.