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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Timeless Tuesday - Remember the Right

Is there anything more frustrating than being remembered for the things you do wrong? We frown upon parents who admonish a child for getting one B amid all A's. Or how about the wife who makes dozens of wonderful meals, but burns one? That's the one the family remembers.

Let's make a pact right here and now. Let's extend grace, wipe the slate clean, of someone who blows it. Let's say things like, "That's not like you" and "It's no big deal" and "What's one mess up in a lifetime of successes?" How would that change our little corners of the world? How would it affect our relationships?

Starting today, remember the things done right. That doesn't mean you don't see the wrong, but you don't dwell on it. You hold up a mirror to the person in the wrong and let them see themselves as you see them--a person who's doing their best in their given circumstances. Give encouragement, not discouragement. Lift up, instead of tear down. Hold out hope, rather than shame and doubt. It's contagious, you know.

Let's start an epidemic of kindness.


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