Frankness (April 19)

Frankness (April 19)

We should check not only our communication techniques but also our motives. I believe it’s true: love is the only healthy reason for telling the truth. Frankness is commendable only when we use it to convey truth with charity and good judgment.

Unity (April 18)

Unity (April 18)

In any relationship where we don’t presently have the unity we’d like to enjoy, the answer is not merely to try harder . . . We must change not only the quantity of our effort but the quality of our thinking. Our perspective must be altered.

Progress (April 17)

Progress (April 17)

In defiance of those who say, “It’s no use,” we must trust what we know about the possibility of progress. Going forward isn’t easy, and setbacks will surely be suffered, but faith and hope say, “What needs to be improved, can be improved.”

Goodwill (April 16)

Goodwill (April 16)

As we work on our goodwill, let’s make it better by making it more specific. Generic goodwill toward the human race is relatively useless. What we need is an active, practical goodwill toward the people we actually have to deal with from day to day.

Lawfulness (April 15)

Lawfulness (April 15)

If we appreciate lawfulness in others, we need to adopt it ourselves. Most of us would like the world to be “a better place.” The rule of law can help bring about that result, but we’ll enjoy little of its benefit if we ourselves don’t obey the law.

Relaxation (April 14)

Relaxation (April 14)

Not only are there are times when it’s okay to do nothing; there are times when that’s the most beneficial thing we can do! And if we can’t ever — at any time, under any circumstance — bring ourselves to just relax, we need to ask ourselves, “Why?”

Affirmation (April 13)

Affirmation (April 13)

Let’s say “Yes!” to life and all the good things in it. Even in a broken world, there are still many good things that can claim our attention. Yes, there are some things to be against, but the things we can be for are far greater. Let’s affirm them!

Comfort (April 12)

Comfort (April 12)

Our word “comfort” comes from the same root as “fortify.” Its literal meaning is “to strengthen.” When we comfort, we often do no less than pull the comforted one back from the brink of despair, or even death. We need to comfort others more often.

Respect (April 11)

Respect (April 11)

Respect is valuable in every relationship, and absolutely essential in some. Since it’s hard to replace when it’s lost, we shouldn’t take it for granted. We must not act in ways that make respect more difficult, either for us or for those around us.

Recognition (April 10)

Recognition (April 10)

Recognition is motivating. When specific praise is given to someone in a way that is thoughtfully appropriate to their personal situation, great good comes from that. So let’s recognize one another. Let’s do it thoughtfully and regularly!

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