31 May 2016
is not about how we differ. Diversity is about
embracing one another's uniqueness.
not pray for dreams equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your dreams.
encouragement to others is a most welcome gift,
results of it are
lifted spirits, increased self-worth, and a hopeful future.
is the greatest asset in the world. It is nothing more or less
than faith in action.
Peace of Mind
When we experience painful thoughts and
emotions, what do we usually do? We seek
something that will fix them quickly. We
may force ourselves to ignore them, distract
ourselves by watching television, or reach for
that tempting bar of chocolate. Our
tendency is to find strategies for getting rid
of these thoughts and feelings in the quickest
and easiest way. We try to push them away
and replace them with instant feelings of
pleasure. Why wouldn't we? No one
wants to feel pain. It is a perfectly
natural reaction to try to avoid it. The
thing is, we soon notice that trying to rid
ourselves of negative feelings often increases
our suffering. We start fighting a losing
It is best to accept our feelings as they are,
without letting them take over our lives.
We can hop on our surfboard of awareness and
ride the waves. Next time you feel
stressed, anxious, or hurt, try this approach
instead. Bring your attention to your
thoughts--they might be such thoughts as "I
have so much to do," "I'll never
manage this job in time," or "I'm
useless"--and just notice them without
judging. We all have them in our lives and
we always will. Become aware of any
tension or other sensations in your body and
also let them be. Then stop for a moment,
walk outside, and find a little part of nature
to be with. It doesn't need to be for
could be for only ten minutes. Take
yourself somewhere there are trees, birds,
flowers, fresh air, maybe a river or a
pond. Bring your attention to what you can
see, feel, hear, and smell and just notice
everything around you. Allow yourself to
simply enjoy that moment. Then return to
Walk It Off. . .
Walking in nature helps me clear my mind and
reflect upon the challenges of everyday life
with greater clarity. The natural world is
my number-one remedy when I feel stressed.
Sometimes, if I have had an argument with
someone or I'm worried about a particular
problem at work, my mind gets obsessively caught
up in analyzing the situation over and over
again. By engaging with these thoughts, I
rarely come to a positive and practical
solution. Instead, I get increasingly
stressed about the problem and fail to take any
action at all. I find that taking a walk
in the woods, along a nature trail, or on a
beach often helps my mind to come up with the
best course of action to take. Walking in
wide, open spaces, in particular, gives me a
great sense of freedom and makes me feel that
time is no longer significant. It gives my
thinking mind a rest and helps me review the
problem with a new perspective.
. . . Or Simply Sit with It
Peace is also to be found in simply sitting with
nature. Often when we are walking
outdoors, we have a destination, even if it is
simply the satisfaction of completing the
walk. We need to keep moving, to have a
purpose. Rarely do we take the time just
to sit down and enjoy the simple pleasure of
being. Quietly sitting, with awareness,
gives our minds the chance to be calm. It
offers the opportunity to experience the beauty
and simplicity of stillness. It shows our
minds that it's okay to stop. By giving
yourself a few minutes to do this, you may
discover things you had never been aware of
I often seek out tranquil places to simply sit
and open up my awareness to the life around
me. I begin to enjoy simple pleasures,
such as watching the branches of the trees
gently giving in to the flow of a breeze
without a hint of resistance. Sometimes,
the rustling of leaves reminds me of the sound
of a distant waterfall. I enjoy noticing
where the light touches all the different life
forms around me and how it changes the look of
the world. I luxuriate in a sense of
childish naivety as I watch the clouds in the
sky, letting their different shapes and textures
capture my imagination. I look out for any
birds, noticing how their flight differs between
species. Many seabirds glide over the
ocean, crows and pigeons have a frequent
wingbeat, woodpeckers have an undulating flight,
and swallows swoop and weave their way in
pursuit of insects. I take a closer look
at the plants and animals close to me, such as
the beautiful patterns and colors of the petals
of a flower, the texture and scents of different
leaves and grasses, the curious fungal growths
and lichens on the bark of a tree, and the
intricate bodies of insects in the grass.
I marvel at the fact that everything is
constantly changing, and the soft thrum of life
around me fascinates my senses and calms my
agitated mind. . . .
Getting out into the wild itself is obviously
the best experience you can have of the natural
world. However, we can begin our
mindfulness of the natural world through simpler
steps in our everyday lives. We can carry
a postcard depicting a beautiful natural place
with us to look at and appreciate occasionally
throughout the day. We could set the
screen saver on our computer to an image of our
favorite animal, plant, or wild place. We
can listen to recordings of natural sounds or
bring some of our favorite places to mind.
There are endless ways in which we can bring
nature and the calm it offers us into our
everyday lives. Treasure it. There
are not many sources of true calm in the lives
the Natural World explores what it
means to connect with nature and how we
can learn from nature to be more mindful
in everyday life. Claire Thompson takes
us on an engaging journey into the
natural world and encourages us to
experience its beauty and intrinsic
value through the art of mindfulness.
Through personal anecdotes and proven
insights, she reveals how a deeper
awareness of the natural world is key to
inspiring us to care about and protect
nature, and developing a more
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Feeding the Spirit
It amazes me to see just how much human beings like to
fill their minds and spirits with garbage and with
negative, harmful ideas and images. There are so
many things in movies and television programs that I
simply will not watch because they're full of anger
and hatred and extreme violence. I don't
consider it entertainment to watch human beings kill
and torture each other on a regular basis. After
I watch such things, I feel sad and I feel a pain
inside--I don't feel at all like I should feel after
having been entertained.
In the newspapers, we read about car accidents and
murders and rapes and politicians and athletes.
We very rarely read about the positive contributions
that so many people are making to our world. We
don't read about the doctors saving lives at the
hospital or the teachers giving kids hope or the
construction workers fixing our streets so that we can
travel safely. We'll read about construction
delays, because we think that the delay is more
important than the purpose of the construction.
Most of us don't even see watching and reading as a
form of feeding, but it most definitely is because
they help us to form our ideas and beliefs that carry
us through our days. In that way, they're even
more important than feeding ourselves with food, for
the food leaves our systems in a matter of days for
most of us--it's converted to energy in one way or
another, but we use that energy rather quickly and end
up having to replenish it very regularly.
How do I want to feed my spirit? First of all, I
want to choose entertainment that makes me feel good
having watched it. That doesn't mean that I
never watch anything violent, because there are many
works out there that present violence in films and
shows that causes us to question things, not just
accept them. One of my favorite programs ever is
Into the West, which shows a tremendous amount
of violence, especially the horrible violence that was
perpetrated against Native Americans in the 19th
century--but it also shows how people respond to that
violence and how they rise above it in their
lives. The violence has a cost, and therefore
the purpose of showing it is not to entertain us with
the violent acts, but to show us the consequences of
the violence. My spirit is reminded of the
resilience of the human spirit and the uselessness and
cruelty of violent acts.
I love to watch uplifting films to feed my spirit,
films in which realistic characters are faced with
difficulties that cause them to learn and to grow and
to change. My wife and I just watched Corrina,
Corrina, for example, which was a very good
example of human beings learning to love and care for
one another. Other recent films that I've
enjoyed as a spirit have been Inside Out, The
Secret of Roan Innish, Moon, and the newest
Star Wars (which I was surprised to like). I
don't mention them to say that other people should see
them, but only to illustrate that it is possible to
feed the spirit with entertainment that also explores
deeper issues of what it means to be a spirit living a
life as a human being.
I don't watch much news, but I do try to stay up on
the news by reading as much as I can of the material
that seems important. Watching the news can be a
chore for two reasons: first, there's the slant
towards violent crime, athletes, politicians, and
other entertainers, and second, one has to endure a
seemingly endless number of commercials in order to
find out what's going on. And all of the
research that's been done shows that any news program
is stunningly incomplete as far as the depth of the
news they present is concerned.
I also like to feed my spirit with conversations with
friends, people watching in public places, walks in
nature (see the article above for more), running,
listening to music, and sharing greetings with
strangers. I especially enjoy conversations with
very young people who are still learning so much about
life and who haven't yet become jaded and
judgmental. Food helps me to feed my spirit,
too, though I prefer simple dishes to the complicated
ones--I could live the rest of my life eating simply
and be quite content with that.
I suppose that this all comes down to the question of
what we're putting into ourselves--into our minds and
our bodies and our spirits--and how it either helps or
hurts us. I want to help my spirit feel
peaceful, and violent entertainment or news doesn't
contribute to peace. I want to help my spirit
feel balanced, and watching commercials that make me
feel discontent or that try to make me desire things
don't help me to feel balanced. It's easier to
give love and compassion when we've filled our hearts
and spirits with loving and compassionate
thoughts. It's easier to be patient when we've
witnessed models of patience. So when you're
deciding what goes into your spirit, ask yourself how
you want your spirit to interact with your world, and
make sure that you feed yourself adequately with that
particular attribute. Your spirit then can't
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of the most important--and most neglected--elements in the
beginnings of the interior life is the ability to respond
to see the value and the beauty in ordinary things,
to come alive to the splendor that is all around us.
The following commencement address was delivered at Glenns
Ferry High School, in Glenns Ferry, Idaho, in May of 2016, to a
wonderful group of young people.
Your invitation to me to come to speak to you is quite an
honor, and I very much appreciate it.
When I received it, my first thought was simply that—that
it was a great honor and an important responsibility.
Then, when I sat down to come up with an outline, I
realized something more—you guys had just given me a writing
assignment. And not
only that, but you’ve turned the assignment into a presentation
as well, which of course makes it a speech assignment with a much
larger audience than a classroom.
I guess the only thing that I can say to that is:
very well played.
very special evening of your life is here.
In this room during the course of less than 100 minutes,
you’re in the process of writing the final words of a very
important chapter of your lives. As you walk out of this place
very soon, you’ll be starting to write a completely new chapter
and to play a completely different role in your life. You’ve
reached a point at which you’re going to start contributing to
the world—or taking from it, if you so choose—on your own
terms, and your contribution is going to be what will make you and
your life special over the next few years.
won’t notice any changes immediately. You’ll wake up tomorrow
morning and things will feel the same. You’ll have the same bowl
of cereal and listen to the same songs and say good morning to
your family just as you’ve been doing for years, but there will
be absolutely no doubt—and no denying—that your high school
years are over and that you have an opportunity now to move on
with your life and use your new situations to start becoming the
person that you’ve been put on this planet to become.
let me warn you—very few people actually become the persons that
they were meant to be. Most of us become something else, not
following our dreams or our passions or our skills or our talents.
You have the chance right now to decide that you will become the
person whom you were made to be. You’ll have that same chance
tomorrow and the next day, you’ll have it next year, and
you’ll even have it thirty years from now if you still haven’t
become that person, but the sooner that you make the decision to
work towards that goal, the more likely you’ll be to actually
reach it one day.
is a huge responsibility, but only if you choose to consider it
such. Nobody can force
you to take on such a responsibility. You’ve seen plenty of
films and heard songs and read stories about making the most of
your life and making your life special, but now that you’re
going to have not just the opportunity but the requirement to make
more of your own choices in life, your decisions are going to be
consistently more involved with long-term effects on your life. So
far, much of the direction of your life has been determined by
decisions made by others—by parents, teachers, coaches, and a
whole slew of other people who have hopefully had your best
interests in mind.
the next few chapters of your lives are going to be written by the
decisions that you’ll be making increasingly on your own. And
while the chapters until now might have been simple prose, you
have the choice now of making your life a stunning piece of
poetry, an amazing piece of visual art, or a play to put
Shakespeare to shame—it’s going to be your choice.
this is where a speech like this gets tricky. Because no matter
how much I might want to give you advice on how to make your lives
happy and fulfilling, I simply do not know your world well enough
to give advice on how to live your lives in it. Your generation
has grown up in a time during which life is significantly
different than life was when I was your age, and your future will
take place in a world that’s very different than our world of
today. Many of the jobs that you’ll make your careers haven’t
even been invented yet. Many of the companies for which you’ll
be working do not yet exist. Many of the technologies that
you’ll be using every single day do not yet exist, or are in
such early stages of development that they aren’t used regularly
yet by anyone.
used to be that advice from an elder—and yes, I am an elder now,
I must admit—to a younger person meant a great deal because that
younger person was bound by circumstance to lead a life that was
very similar to that of his or her predecessors. That is no longer
the case for the vast majority of us.
would love to tell you exactly how to write the next chapter of
your life so that you’ll become happier and more fulfilled human
beings, but how can I do so when my own experiences are so far
removed from yours? Yes, I know about the Internet and I know
about 3D printing and virtual realities and I’ve been using the
Internet for almost 20 years now, but I’m experiencing these
things as an adult who was already well into my career as an
educator when they came along. They’re side roads that provide
me with useful and helpful and entertaining information, but
they’re not the main road that has helped to define my life.
generation is the first to live your entire lives in a world that
offers constant access to almost unlimited information and
constant exposure to screens of different sizes attached to
processors that are growing increasingly stronger, faster, and
more reliable. Yours is the first generation to be tracked
mercilessly by marketers, followed and analyzed not necessarily by
human beings, but by computer applications that have no way of
caring for you or about you at all—they track you solely so that
other human beings can sell you more goods more effectively and
make more profit from you.
world is different than mine was. And because of that difference,
I decided to ask the students of a seminar that I taught at MSU
this past semester, students who were finishing their first year
of college, what advice they would have liked to have heard—and
to have heeded—at their own commencement ceremonies just one
year ago. You would really like these people. They’re very much
like you—intelligent and caring and full of hopes and dreams and
fears, just like you. And they’re speaking to you one year after
their own commencement ceremonies, sharing with you what they
consider to be the best advice they can give you.
first thing they wanted you to know is that there’s no reason at
all for you to have to know what you’re going to do with your
life right now. You have a lot of learning ahead of you, much of
which will involve learning about your strengths and weaknesses,
your likes and dislikes, your passions and your dreams. Some of
the dreams that you’ll have in your future haven’t entered
your mind yet simply because you haven’t taken a certain class
or worked at a certain job or visited a certain place yet, but I
can guarantee you that your entire world will open up in different
directions once you do.
you had told me at my own high school graduation that I would one
day be in the Army, I probably would have laughed. After growing
up in a military family and not being particularly fond of it, I
had no idea that nine years later I would join the Army for four
years and learning an amazing amount from the experience. At my
high school graduation I had no idea that I would end up living in
Europe for five years.
never even considered teaching as a career until after my first
master’s degree, and now I’ve spent 25 years doing a job that
I love dearly. So don’t hurry with your decisions, and once you
make them, keep yourself open to the possibility of change. You
may start college as a nursing major, yet end up doing medical
research because you find that you’re really good at it and you
love doing it. You may start working on car engines and move on to
working on airplane engines later because the technology involved
fascinates you. Our daughter worked in banks for seven years after
high school, a job that allowed her to explore many different
things that she loved to do, and now she’s studying to become a
leads to another piece of advice that they would give
you—explore ways to follow your passions in life. You have been
created as a completely unique individual with a completely unique
set of likes and dislikes, skills and weaknesses. If you spend
your life working in a field that you don’t care about or at a
job that caters to your weaknesses, then guess what? Take the time
necessary to find out what your true skills and strengths are, and
then use them to make a living for yourself and for the families
that you may have one day.
as you search for your skills and passions, they also want you to
remember to trust yourself—not just your knowledge and your
logic, but your heart and your intuition. You’ve been given an
amazing brain that is capable not just of receiving and
interpreting information, but that’s also capable of relating
what you know to your own life, your own wants and needs, your own
fears and dreams and capabilities and limitations, and you have a
heart that adds in the extremely important elements of love and
intuition, which very often are much more trustworthy than
anything that your brain can come up with.
live in a society that tends not to value the power of the heart.
We want everything to be quantified and scored and compared
against the means and the standard deviations. We want support for
every claim, and we don’t want to hear anything that hasn’t
been “proved” by science. I made my decision to become a
teacher because it felt right—I certainly didn’t do a lot of
research that showed me just how rich I would become as a teacher.
We’re growing farther and farther away from our natural
state, the state in which we understood more about nature and more
about life. As we use and trust our intuition less, it grows
weaker—but you’re still young, so I would encourage you not to
let your intuition die, but to use it as much as you can and trust
it like the faithful friend that it is. Some of the most important
decisions that you’ll ever make will be made with your heart,
and they’ll tend to be the decisions that you can most rely on
to be the best decisions for you and for the people you love.
More than likely, you’re going to think that the next
piece of advice comes from me, but I promise you, it comes from
the students. And you’re going to love it:
Leave your cell phones home.
A lot. What
impressed me the most about the discussion we had about this
advice was that it didn’t focus on the negative aspects of being
addicted to the cell phone, but the positive aspects of not having
it with you. They said that they were able to focus much better on
their studies and that they were able to have much better
conversations with their friends when there was no chance of
feeling a need to answer a phone or to send a text message or to
check social media to see what’s going on there.
In short, when they don’t have their phones with them,
they’re able to pay much more attention to the world around
them—and they seemed surprised to have learned that the world
around them is a beautiful, magical, fascinating place that they
simply hadn’t given a chance in the years since they got their
phones. Give the world
and the people around you a chance, and leave that phone home.
had more for you, but our time is growing shorter.
I’d like to leave you with a couple of important ideas that I
hope can prove to be helpful to you.
All the advice in the world can be completely useless if we
don’t have any practical strategies for putting it into
of life basically comes down to making decisions.
And the decisions that we make basically fall into two
and reactions. In my
life, I’ve found three strategies for making decisions that have
proved to be extremely useful.
And if you have useful strategies for decision-making, much
of your life’s story will flow much more smoothly than it would
if you were to have to spend tons of time and energy agonizing
over the options that life presents to you.
personal strategies have been developed by studying the strategies
of many other people who are much wiser than I, and they consist
of three simple questions that can be modified to fit almost any
situation in my life.
first one has to do with my contribution to the world.
In any given situation, we’re helping something to grow,
and we’re keeping something else from growing.
Interestingly enough, most of what we think are actions are
really reactions. This
question addresses my possible reactions.
someone does something that upsets me, or when they do something
that annoys me, I have to keep in mind that my decision of how to
react is my choice. So
when someone cuts me off in traffic, do I flip them off and swear
at them, or do I let it go?
question that I ask myself is, “Am I contributing to the peace
in the world or to the anger?”
In my mind, there’s already enough anger in the world,
and I don’t have to give it any more.
I want to contribute to the peace.
So I don’t flip them off.
I let it go.
someone does something mean or rude to me and I have to decide
whether or not to forgive that person, I ask myself, “Am I
contributing to the resentment in the world, or am I contributing
to the love?”
our society has taught us that to contribute to the love and peace
by deciding not to “get even” is a sign of weakness.
Never believe that. Strength
and character allow us to turn away from anger and revenge, no
matter what other people may think of us.
I’m sure you all remember what Atticus told Scout about
courage: I wanted you
to see what real courage is, instead of getting an idea that
courage is a man with a gun in his hand.
It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but
you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.”
second question has to do with looking at life in retrospect.
I ask myself, when I look back on this situation tomorrow
or next week or ten years from now, will I be proud of the
decision that I made, or will I regret the decision I’ve made or
the actions I’ve taken?” Will
I have faced risks and moved on with my life, or allowed my fear
to control me and keep me from doing things that I’ve really
wanted to do?
I got my bachelor’s degree in Spanish many years ago, I knew
that my language skills would never reach the level I wanted them
to reach unless I lived in a country where Spanish is spoken all
the time. So I bought
a one-way ticket to Spain and ended up living in Europe for three
years. There was only
one problem with the plan—I didn’t have any money.
There were several times when I went at least a week living
on nothing but a loaf of bread and a block of cheese, but I was
able to find work teaching English because of my B.A.
It was easily one of the biggest risks I’ve ever taken,
but it was also one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, one
that has benefited me in innumerable ways.
I grow old one day—and no, I’m not quite there yet—I’ll
look back on that decision as an extremely important aspect of my
life, and I’ll have no regrets about not taking risks.
third question is an either/or question.
It’s similar to the first question, but this one focuses
on me as a person rather than on the situation or the decision.
It’s quite simple:
I be the person who shows love or the person who shows anger?
I be the person who knows my job well, or the person who just gets
by and who makes excuses for my performance?
I be the person who respects myself or the person who allows other
people to abuse me?
I be the person who gives a decent-lengthed commencement address,
or the person who goes on and on and on without stop?
three questions allow me to contribute to the world in positive
ways, and help me to become the person that I truly feel I was
created to be.
let’s get back to you, and how these questions might help you.
The truth is that you are a magnificent creation, but
unless you truly believe this fact and decide to respect the being
that you are, your magnificence will be lost on the world.
make no mistake about it—you can be magnificent as a doctor, as
an electrician, as a dental assistant, as a server in a restaurant
or as a housewife or househusband.
You can be magnificent as a private in the Army or an
Airman, as a police officer or a cashier.
Your magnificence depends mainly upon one thing:
how you treat, and how you contribute to the other human
beings who share this planet with us.
It depends on how you share the wonderful gifts that are an
essential part of who you are—and each of you has a completely
unique combination of gifts with which to work.
magnificence depends, in short, upon how you love the people in
your life and how you love this amazing planet that we’ve been
given to live on.
will be afraid. Face
your fears and move on anyway.
will have doubts. Acknowledge
them, accept them, and move past them.
will feel lonely and isolated.
Realize that it’s a feeling, though, and not a reality,
and accept that feeling as a part of your life.
will let you down and betray you.
Accept that fact and keep in mind that the problem is
theirs and not yours. As
a result of their actions, you’ve simply learned something more
about whom you can place your trust in.
you write the rest of your life story, there will be times when
you feel discouraged and weak, lonely and afraid, anything but
strong and brave. When
that happens, I challenge you to recall this moment, right here
and right now. When
you need strength and courage, I challenge you to remember that
you are loved.
room is full of people who love you dearly and unconditionally.
Some of them have a hard time showing it or ways of showing
it that are difficult to understand, but the truth is still quite
of the people on this stage love you.
other 23 people wearing those robes love you.
human beings in the chairs behind you and in the stand to your
left and right love you.
that love. Accept it
and allow it to be an integral part of who you are.
When you need strength, when you feel alone, when your
courage is waning and your doubts are trying to overwhelm you and
keep you down, tap into that love and allow it to hold you high
and dry above the floods that are threatening to drown you.
of my favorite authors, Rainer Maria Rilke, called those
challenges “dragons” when he wrote in a letter, “How should
we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning
of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment
turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are
princesses, who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and
brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being
something helpless that wants help from us.”
are loved, deeply and fully and unconditionally.
That love can help you not just to face the dragons of your
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you spread cannot help but come back to you.
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spontaneous act of generosity, performed with unselfish
is an example of moral beauty, as are certain acts of
genuine modesty is a possible example, as is selfless
love. Although moral beauty is a natural gift, it is
more likely to emerge and flourish in societies
that appreciate and encourage it.
The first step in the art of friendship
is to be a friend, then making friends takes care of
itself. To be a friend we should start by being
friends to ourselves, by being true to our highest and
best and by aligning ourselves with the enduring values
of human life that make for growth and progress.
To be a friend we should strive to be "like the
shadow of a great rock in a weary land," to be a
source of refuge and strength to those who walk in
To be a friend we should believe in the inherent
goodness of people and in their potential greatness; we
should treat people in a big spirit, expectant of a
To be a friend we should strive to lift people up,
not cast them down; to encourage, not discourage; to set
an example that will be an inspiration to others.
To be a friend we should be sensitively responsive to
the dreams and aims of others and should show sincere
appreciation for the contributions others make to the
enrichment of our lives.
To be a friend we should practice the companionship
of silence and the magic of words that our speech may
build and not destroy, help and not hinder.
To be a friend we should close our eyes to the faults
of others and open them to our own.
To be a friend we should not attempt to reform or
reprimand, but should strive only to make others happy
if we can.
To be a friend we should be ourselves; we should be
done with hypocrisy, artificiality and pretense, we
should meet and mingle with people in quiet simplicity
To be a friend we should be tolerant, we should have
an understanding heart and a forgiving nature, knowing
that all people stumble now and then, and that those who
never made a mistake never accomplished anything.
To be a friend we should join hands with all people
who are working for great principles, great purposes and
great causes; we should put our shoulders to the wheel
to help achieve common goals.
To be a friend we should go more than halfway with
our fellow people; we should greet others first and not
wait to be greeted; we should radiate a spirit of
overflowing good will.
To be a friend we should remember that we are human
magnets; that like attracts like, and that what we give
To be a friend we should recognize that no person
knows all the answers, and that we should add each day
to our knowledge of how to live the friendly way.
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