“Our job (in life) is not to straighten each other out, but to help each other up.”
~ Neva Cole
Watching the brou-hell-hell that broke out once again over the weekend here on the network I was reminded of the above adage. It seems to me everyone have their hearts in the right places – it’s just that some of us feel so firmly entrenched in our own opines that it’s hard to see the forest for the trees. Or is that the trees for the forest? I always wonder about that.
Which reminds me of another adage: “The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground.”
~ Author Unknown
No small lesson there. However, the idea of diplomacy is, as I recently ran across an Italian’s diplomat’s words, “…the art of letting someone have your way.”
~ Daniele Vare
As the great Ella Fitzgerald lyrics go, bewitching, bothering and bewildering have their honored places among us who can stand the discussion heat. It’s when it turns to berating, belittling and bedraggling that most of these strings die a belabored beheading.
Be-dazzled and be-deviled but try not to befuddle yourself with bedecking. Before you know it, if you learn
the art of bespeaking, you’ll be-loved.
"It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about, nowadays, saying things against one behind one's back that are absolutely and entirely true."
~ Oscar Wilde