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A word to the wise....

February 3, 2010 - Michael Palmer
Manners seem to be of minor importance when raising children in our modern society. After reading about the road rage incident last weekend a fellow employee remarked, “There are really sick people out there.” My mom often told me when I was growing up that ,“You catch more flies with sugar than vinegar. In other words, being nice will get you further along in the world than being a jerk … so always try to be nice.”

I try to live by that philosophy as much as possible. No - I am not perfect – I too have my vinegar moments – but I hope that most people I come in contact with think that I come across more like a sugar personality than a vinegar.

Let's revisit a favorite of my childhood reading:

Aesops Fable The Wind and the Sun THE WIND and the Sun were disputing which was the stronger. Suddenly they saw a traveler coming down the road, and the Sun said: “I see a way to decide our dispute. Whichever of us can cause that traveler to take off his cloak shall be regarded as the stronger You begin.” So the Sun retired behind a cloud, and the Wind began to blow as hard as it could upon the traveler. But the harder he blew the more closely did the traveler wrap his cloak round him, till at last the Wind had to give up in despair. Then the Sun came out and shone in all his glory upon the traveler, who soon found it too hot to walk with his cloak on. The moral of this Fable: “KINDNESS EFFECTS MORE THAN SEVERITY.”

Remember Aesop was a slave and story-teller who lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BC. It is just as true today in our modern society as it was then - perhaps more so.


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