Charity 4/21/2019: Be Courteous

Courtesy is as much a mark of man as is courage. -Theodore Roosevelt

Let us be refined in how we treat others. The gift of respect is readily received by all and costs so little to give it.

It is said Theodore Roosevelt treated the staff at the White House with great respect. Regardless of position, he went to great lengths to know their names and remembered to ask on the welfare of their families. Imagine the President of the United States asking about the children of the guy washing the car.

How often do we get caught up in our own self-importance that we don’t take the time to inquire about our friends and coworkers lives? How often do we forget the names of those we just met? Dale Carnegie said, “Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”

Take the time today to stop and enjoy the people you come in contact with. Become genuinely interested in them and watch their day brighten.

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The Virtue of Charity

Many view the act of charity as financial aid to the less fortunate. But charity goes beyond gifts of money. We can be charitable in our actions to those who need it. We can lend a helping hand to those who are suffering physically, mentally, and spiritually. How far can a kind smile, a kind word, or a kind act go? Sometimes these gifts go much farther than money.

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