Getting along with others is an art form

This morning I pulled this ruby red book with gold trim off the shelf. It’s one my sister gave to our mom on her birthday in 1966.

Titled, “The Joy of Words,” its 224 pages are filled with selections from literature expressing beauty, humor, history, wisdom and inspiration.

I’m not exactly sure how or why I ended up with this jewel of a volume, but I treasure it. Every time I turn the pages I find such astuteness within.

Take for example, the following from someone who goes by the name of, “Anonymous,” and who titled this medley, “The Art of Getting Along.”

· Sooner or later a man, if he is wise, discovers that life is a mixture of good days and bad, victory and defeat, give and take.

· He learns that it doesn’t pay to be a sensitive soul – he should let some things go over his head like water off a duck’s back.

· He learns that he who loses his temper usually loses.

· He learns that all men have burnt toast for breakfast now and then, and that he shouldn’t take the other fellows’ grouch too seriously.

· He learns that carrying a chip on his shoulder is the easiest way to get into a fight.

· He learns that the quickest way to become unpopular is to carry tales and gossip about others.

· He learns that most people are human and that it doesn’t do any harm to smile and say “good morning” even if it is raining.

· He learns that most of the other fellows are as ambitious as he is, that they have brains that are as good or better, and that hard work, and not cleverness, is the secret of success.

· He learns that it doesn’t matter so much who receives the credit as long as the business shows a profit.

· He comes to realize that the business could run along perfectly without him.

· He learns to sympathize with the youngsters coming into the business, because he remembers how bewildered he was when he first started out.

· He learns not to worry when he does not make a hit EVERY time, because experience has shown if he always gives his best, his average will break pretty well.

· He learns that no man ever got to first base alone and that it is only through cooperative effort that we move on to better things.

· He learns that the fellows are not any harder to get along with in one place than another, and that “getting along,” depends about 98 percent on himself.

Good guidelines for all of us wouldn’t you say?

Happy Weekend

Until Soon

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