After a tough day at work, I really thought I had nothing to write about today – until I got home and found this in the mail. Thanks to my friend Anita who is following my blog!! I am not sure where she got it from and even after searching for it on line, I did find it but it was listed as “author unknown” Anita has it hanging in her office. Perhaps I should do the same. It may have helped me to change my attitude.
“The Ten Commandments of How to Get Along With People”
- Keep skid chains on your tongue. Alyways say less than you think. Cultivate a low, persuasive voice. How you say it often counts more than what you say.
- Make promises sparingly and keep them faithfully, no matter what the cost.
- Never let an opportunity pass to say a kind and encouraging word TO or ABOUT somebody. Praise good work, regardless of who did it.
- Be interested in others; their pursuits, their work, their homes and their families. Make merry with those who rejoice; with those who weep, or mourn. Let everyone you meet, however humble, feel that you regard him/her as a person of importance.
- Be cheerful. Don’t burden or depress those around you by dwelling on your aches and pains and small disappointments. Remember, everyone is carrying some sort of burden.
- Keep an open mind. Discuss but don’t argue. It is a mark of a superior mind to be able to disagree without being disagreeable.
- Let your virtues, if you have any, speak for themselves. Refuse to talk about the vices of other. Discourage gossip. It is a waste of valuable time and can be destructive and hurtful.
- Take into consideration the feelings of others. Wit and humor at the expense of another is never worth the pain that may be inflicted.
- Pay no attention to ill-natured remarks about you. Remember, the person who carried the message may not be the most accurate reporter in the world. Simply live so that nobody will believe him/her. Disordered nerves and bad digestion are a common cause of back-biting.
- Don’t be anxious about the credit due you. Do your best and be patient. Forget about yourself and let others “remember”. Success is much sweeter that way.