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A Quote Worth Remembering

I just reread the last line in Bill's initial comments on "Unity and Diversity" and, may I suggest, in general, it is worth integrating into our lives in the way we respond to whomever and whenever a difference of opinion may arise. My wife was most impressed with it as well.

I'm sure I'm the only one who has ever written or said something that, in retrospect, I later regretted! In a way, it's like ringing a bell. Once it's been been rung, you can't take it back. Perhaps, this is why James was led to assert, "My dear ones, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, and slow to speak and slow to become angry." (James 1:19)

Wisdom is truly found in Bill's last line of his comments, a part of the practical wisdom to which James also alludes (James 3:13, 17-18) that can help with any interpersonal conflict that, of course, is an inherent part of the human condition with which we all struggle at times:

"We need to be aware of when our emotions are becoming aroused and either moderate our responses or not respond if we can't moderate them."

Bill, I promise to give you credit on this one, when I use this gem in the future.

Peace among the thorns,