Thursday, August 04, 2005

Big Thoughts for Big People

I was impressed and humbled by this list of qualities that I found on this blog. See how you measure up:

* Eagerly start the day's main work.
* Do not murmur at your busyness or the shortness of time, but buy up all the time around.
* Never murmur when correspondence [or e-mail] is brought in
* Never exaggerate duties by seeming to suffer under the load, but treat all responsibilities as liberty and gladness.
* Never call attention to crowded work or trivial experiences.
* Before confrontation or censure, obtain from God, a real love for the one at fault. Know the facts; be generous in your judgement. Otherwise, how ineffective, how unintelligible, or perhaps provocative your well-intentioned censure may be.
* Do not believe everything you hear; do not spread gossip.
* Do not seek praise, gratitude, respect, or regard for past service.
* Avoid complaining when your advice or opinion is not consulted, or having been consulted, set aside.
* Never allow yourself to be placed in favorable contrast with anyone.
* Do not press conversation to your own needs and concerns.
* Seek no favors, nor sympathies; do not ask for tenderness, but receive what comes.
* Bear the blame, do not share or transfer it.
* Give thanks when credit for your own work or ideas is given to another.


scivley said...

All good things, except I don't understand the last one.

Philip L. Copeland said...

I think it means: give thanks to God when credit for your work is given to another . . . instead of trying to claim it as your own.