He who distributes the milk of human kindness cannot help but spill a little on himself.
We like ourselves best when we like those around us. When we smile at them, they smile back; when we ask them, they tell us about themselves. When we scowl at people, they'll frown back; when we ignore them, they'll walk away.
It's true that we get back what we put into things, whether it's work, play, love, or gardening. We decide by the extent of our commitment how valuable or enjoyable or depressing an experience can be for us.
Our actions toward others come right back to us. When we smile at people, they smile back, and we feel good. Sometimes feeling good about ourselves depends on feeling good about others. When we send out that smile of ours, those who get it pass it on, and we have added power to the happiness of the world.
What can I do to show my fondness for others today?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
To make the world a friendly place One must show it a friendly face.---James Whitcomb Riley
If we are fooling ourselves, a competent adviser can see this quickly.
And, as he guides us out of our fantasies, we are surprised to find
that we have few of the usual urges to defend ourselves against unpleasant truths.
In no other way can fear, pride, and ignorance be so readily melted.
After a time, we realize that we are standing firm
on a brand-new foundation for integrity.
- The Language of the Heart, p. 264
Thought to Ponder . . .
I cannot mend if I bend the truth.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
W I S D O M = When Into Self, Discover Our Motives.