If You Treat a Man…

Painful Thinking by Linaji

Painful Thinking by Linaji

If you treat a man as he appears to be,
you make him worse than he is.

But if you treat a man as if he already were
what he potentially could be,
you make him what he is destined to be.

-Wolfgang von Goethe
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I have come to a frightening conclusion, that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather.  I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized.  If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.   If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming”

~ Thomas S. Monson
 

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Posted by | Paul Reynolds
Paul has been a yoga teacher on the Island of Kauai for many years and is the facilitator of the weekly Living the Question Blog - a repository of wisdom and inspiration. Paul also produces and hosts Le Guru is You Radio Show, showcasing everyday gurus.

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