Civility is not a tactic or a sentiment. It is the determined choice of trust over cynicism, of community over chaos.
George W. Bush
If you are like I am you are dismayed by how our country has slipped into chaos. We use to rely on a government that operated as outlined in our constitution, one where the peoples elected representatives debated and arrived at consensus and passed legislation to allow us to provide the best for our people.
Now power plays seem to have impacted our ability to govern. We have seen hundred of thousands of our fellow citizens thrown out of work in an effort to bypass the legislative process. I have empathy for those who are being hurt by an administration that shows little remorse for what is happening. Even worse it seems as if many of us don’t see why we should care.
I long for the days when civility and mutual understanding made us the envy of the world. We can’t continue without paying a price for losing our way.
Here is a reminder from Ralph Marston that there is a better alternative to animosity.
Power of love
You can transform your world in an instant by the way you choose to see it. You can change problems into opportunities, anxiety into enthusiasm, and despair into determination.
The quality of what you see depends on the perspective from which you see it. And that perspective is entirely up to you.
Instead of reacting again and again to the chaotic ups and downs of circumstance, you have a more powerful choice. You can choose to live from a constant and unassailable perspective of love.
Instead of fighting against most of what happens, you can choose to be lifted higher by all that happens. From a perspective of love you’ll see the positive possibilities in every situation.
The way to live from love is to be completely and wholly honest with yourself. In the pure truth of who you are and what you sincerely value, is the limitless power of that love.
Allow you to be truly you. And let the power of love color your world.
Be civil to all; serviceable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.
She said: When our son was four months old, I caught my husband in another room, holding the baby on his lap, talking to him and pointing.
I was touched by this father-son bonding and went into the room to eavesdrop.
“Football,” he said slowly, pointing to the television. “This is football.”
There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you do not do them.
Charles D. Gill
Don goes into business for himself. He buys a hotdog cart and sets it up in a prime spot on a busy downtown corner, right near a large bank.
One day, his friend Jim approaches him and asks Don if he can lend him some money.
“But why?” asks Jim. “Everyone knows you’re doing well, and I’m not asking for much.
“Well, Jim, in order to get this spot I had to sign a Non-competition Agreement with that bank over there. According to the terms of the agreement, they’re don’t sell hot dogs, and I don’t lend money.”
To vacillate or not to vacillate, that is the question or is it?
A guy was hitchhiking on a very dark and stormy night. The night was getting on and no cars went by. Suddenly he saw a car roll slowly toward him and stop.
Without thinking about it, the guy jumped into the back seat and closed the door when he suddenly realized there was nobody behind the wheel! Just then the car started slowly rolling forward again. He was beginning to get really freaked out when he noticed a curve in the road ahead. He was just thinking about climbing into the front seat when a hand mysteriously appeared through the window and moved the wheel.
The guy, paralyzed in terror, watched how the hand appeared every time right before a curve.
Gathering his courage, the guy finally jumped out of the car and ran to the nearest town. Wet and in shock, he went to a restaurant and started telling everybody about the horrible experience he just went through.
About half an hour later, two guys walked into the same restaurant. They were looking around for a table when one said to the other, “Hey, look, isn’t that the jerk who got in the car when we were pushing it?”
Learn to pause … or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you.
My dad and I were talking the other night about love and marriage. He told me he knew as early as their wedding what marriage to my mom would be like. It seems the minister asked my mom, “Do you take this man to be your husband?” And she said, “I do.” Then the minister asked my dad, “Do you take this woman to be your wife?” and my mom said, “He does.”
If you were agoraphobic, you’d be home by now.
A knight and his men return to their castle after a long hard day of fighting.
“How are we faring?” asks the king.
“Sire,” replies the knight, “I have been robbing and pillaging on your behalf all day, burning the towns of your enemies in the west.”
“What?!” shrieks the king. “I don’t have any enemies to the west!”
“Oh,” says the knight. “Well, you do now.”
Learn as if you were going to live forever. Live as if you were going to die tomorrow.
My face in the mirror isn’t wrinkled or drawn.
My house isn’t dirty. The cobwebs are gone.
My garden looks lovely and so does my lawn.
I think I might never put my glasses back on.
So let us begin anew — remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate. Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.
John F. Kennedy
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