I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.  ~Kahlil Gibran

So many lessons in life have to be learned the hard way. I’m sure parents encounter this phenomenon often–the frustration of being unable to help children benefit from parents’ experiences. As a species, we just seem to have to learn some things through our own difficulties.

Gratitude is easy toward those who are kind to us, who assist us, who model the best in human character and effort. But there are so many who show us a better way by their own weaknesses and flaws. I was fortunate early in my career to have a boss that exhibited the antithesis of my management aspirations. Kindness is so important to me because I understand how it feels to be on the receiving end of unkindness.

Let me model the best in human character as much as possible, and hope that my actions flowing from my weaknesses can also be instructive to others in their development.


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