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Be Good to One Another

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Family interactions are fascinating to watch, and they can be devastating if people don't play fair and only want to win making everyone else wrong or miserable or both. It is hard sometimes for people to put aside petty things for the sake of being right. Is it a matter of maturity that is lacking or competition that is too keen, ignoring all the things that are right and good in a situation? It would be helpful if everyone learned to think twice before they spoke, asking themselves questions like "Is it nice? Is it necessary? Is it true?" Sadly some people look past what is better and what is for the greater good only to make or prove their point for some sort of oneupmanship award. One would think that visiting with adults would be more satisfying. Protect your children from this kind of discourse. If you can't count on family to teach you how to get along, then the road to happiness takes a detour and some might find themselves lost for a very long time. That sunny side of the street really is more sunny, and while there is nothing wrong with life in the shade, a sunny disposition is often a better choice than being a shady character. While there are a thousand or more uses for vinegar my grandmother used to say '"you can catch more flies with honey..." Be good to one another.
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    Well said! It seems Christmas can be a very challenging time as many family members from different backgrounds, opinions, attitudes, beliefs and values come together at this time. If we listen with fascination, rather than beat people over the head with our opinions, I think we will all learn more and appreciate each other more.

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    Sweet thoughts
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    Loved this blog, it is so true! Luckily some of the more competitive negative people in my family have grown up and matured. I still see bickering among the niece and nephew but hopefully they will outgrow it (they are in their 20s so its about time!)

    When I was more sarcastic, I was an unhappy bitter teenager -- not sure why! I was nice and helpful when my mom had cancer; it was after she came home and was recovering from her second surgery that I turned more sarcastic; I was 13 or 14 and must have been a real pain in the butt. In a year or so, I made an effort to be nicer and more outgoing -- no matter how negative my peers were -- my whole life turned around.
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  • 3016DEBRA
    emoticon Do it everyday & it will become second nature!
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    I'm fortunate that for the most part, my family gets along with each other.

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  • JAROL7
    So true. Happiness is a personal choice ... and I'm happy!
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  • DIETER27
    My grandmother said the same thing. there is so much competition in some families. this saying is my favorite. thanks.......
    2485 days ago
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