Getting Along With People

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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.
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