Monday, September 1, 2014

make it right

When I was a kid, my Dad taught us that we should take care of other people's things better than we take care of our own.  Return what you borrow from someone else in better condition than you borrowed it.

If you break your neighbors rake, you buy them a brand new one.  If you use their vehicle, it comes back full of gas and clean.  If they give you tickets to t
he Royals game, you make sure to thank them.

If you hurt someone's feelings, you do everything that you can to make it right.  An apology does not fix everything, but it can go a long way to healing a relationship.  Arrogance never serves us well.  If you owe someone an apology, deliver it.  You will be glad that you did.

Any impact that we have on another person should leave them better off than they started.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.


Anonymous said...

Oh that kids today had the benefit of the moral, ethical, character-building teachings that you and other people in your generation were blessed with.

We can only hope that pendulums swing.

Marcie Gragg, Independence City Councilmember said...

All good thoughts I, too, was raised with. The idea of leaving something/someone better than when we received them seems so natural in my mind that I struggle when others don't follow that principle. We try to always model this principle with our sons, but even they seem perplexed when asked WHY we should treat others and their property better than ourselves and our belongings. Their first thought seems always to be of themselve. Then again, they ARE children and that is a stage of development in human children. As I observe this attitude in adults, however, I wonder why it is that some kids grow up (and out of childish ways), and some seemingly never do. I wish I knew what triggers maturity and a sense of responsibility for people and things outside ourselves. And, I wish I knew it for certain BEFORE our boys grow up!
Thanks for your thoughts provoking blogs, Jeff. :)