We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.The Declaration of Independence
What a great word for the week! Tact. It’s short and sweet. This is a character trait that is so needed today. It seems that there is a lot of finger pointing these days of the flaws and shortcomings of others. Being tactful is a forgotten art.
It’s just part of human nature to want to feel superior to others. History proves that over and over. It’s survival of the fittest in this jungle sometimes. Our egos are always looking to be stroked. And we’ve come to be a society of people who look out for ourselves more than we look out for our neighbors. But what if we became more aware of each others’ feelings and tried to make friends instead of enemies?
Making a point without making an enemy.—Isaac Newton
We’ve all done or said stupid things at one time or another in our lives—I know I have. Social media makes it so easy to post and share tactless responses. But let’s step back from our phones and think how we would want someone to respond to us if the tables were turned: With empathy and understanding? With care and concern?
We all have shortcomings. Some of us are just better at hiding them than others. Some of us are a little more honest about them and have learned to overcome them. Sometimes we forget that everyone has flaws.
Let’s learn to share our stories with love, concern and tact for others. Let’s try to be friends instead of accusers or making ourselves seem better than others.
Strip away all the material things and notice that we all are created equal in the eyes of God. We can be friends and have differences of opinion. We can learn to say things in love. I don’t hate you because I don’t agree with you. That is the work of someone who wants to cause division. We all are given rights to LIFE, LIBERTY and the PURSUIT of HAPPINESS.
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(This blog was first posted in August of 2020.)