Friday, May 27, 2011



Your relationship with others will be as varied as the people you encounter and will be determined by many factors, not the least of which will be your own personality and psychological style. But regardless of who and what you are, there are certain basic tenets that I would urge you to follow.

Be respectful of others, regardless of their position in our socio-economic conscious society. Be your real self with both the room maid and the hotel manager.

Be tolerant of ideas, beliefs, and behavior that differ from yours; no one has a monopoly on the truth.

With grace forgive the weaknesses of others and do not judge what you may perceive to be their shortcomings.

Forgive first offenses. Overlook minor slights.

Enable and nurture; be one who helps other achieve their own selfhood. Act in such a way that others will feel better for knowing you.

Be honest toward others. Do not present yourself to be other than who you are. And do not deceive or use others to achieve your own way or goals.

Be gracious and humble about your own accomplishments and success and be mindful of those blessings you have been given. You did nothing to be born into a loving and supportive family and to have the economic advantages so many others lack. Do not be so quick to take credit for what you perceive are you own accomplishments, more often than not there were many forces not of your own doing, that helped shape them.

Do not take credit for God’s grace.


Pride and humility, when misplaced and/or excessive, are undesirable and to be avoided. But when appropriate, they reflect strength of character and self-assurance.

Be proud of who you are. Be proud of your gifts, and your dreams. To claim your destiny and pursue your dreams, unafraid and trusting, is an act worthy of pride. Pride in yourself, as a creation of God, and the souls that have gone before you is an act of worship.

Paradoxically, acknowledging the source of your gifts is an act of humility.

It is proper to be proud of your commitment and your efforts to become all that you could be, just as it is proper to acknowledge that many of the resources you possess to make this journey possible were gifts to you. Be proud of your accomplishments and humbled by what has been given to yo

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