Thursday, September 08, 2005

Honour strengths not weaknesses

Best they honor thee who honor in thee only what is best.
- William Watson, poet (1858-1935)

We all have our weaknesses. It's up to us to know our weaknesses and faults and to do what we can to correct or improve them. It serves no purpose or advantage for others to point out our faults or weaknesses unless we are unaware of them or have chosen to ignore them.

It's easy to find what is a weakness or a fault in someone else. What is much harder is to find strengths and successes, especially if the successes are personal ones that involve overcoming personal weakness or tragedy. Yet, it's by our strengths and our successes that we should be known.

Our heroes are known by their successes and their strengths, while we ignore their weaknesses and failures.

We owe the same consideration to ourselves as we give to our heroes.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to help us give recognition to people for their successes and to help them to strengthen their weaknesses.
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