My dad was a Chaplain with two Bronze Stars for bravery. Unusual for a Chaplain, I understand. He never talked about his commendation to us, but I later read in his papers that his style of leadership was to be with the soldiers in the frontlines. He was definitely a people person and he spent his life always striving to improve himself. He collected quotes and stories. I still have some of his most treasured ones. Today seemed a good day to look through them again to see if he had left a message from a simpler time that I could share with you. He did. In a tattered little newsletter dated 1950, I found my dad had circle one small article entitled...
In the interest of getting along better with myself and others, I resolve...
- To blame myself, not others, for my mistakes.
- To be quick to praise others, and slow to criticize.
- To maintain an optimistic, enthusiastic attitude.
- To free my mind from useless worry, anxiety and fear.
- To be of assistance to others in every way possible.
- To be able to say that I have done my best at the close of each day.
I think I will consciously strive to live up to these ideals this week. How about you?