They Just Wanted Their Members to be Gracious to Each Other
I was honored to read the words of Allison Bernard this week, and was "soul-fully struck" by a great reminder.
Within her posting, she referenced an original version of The Code of Ethics, with a simple summarization of their acticles: "I think they just wanted their members to be gracious to each other".
Isn't that a great word?
Webster defines it as
very polite in a way that shows respect
marked by kindness and courtesy
marked by tact and delicacy
I take it even further and think about the word "grace" which is freely given and unmerited... meaning, we don't necessarily deserve it, but we get it anyway.
What if we all treated each other a little more graciously next year, whether or not the "other" deserves it. Maybe these acts of "kindness, courtesy, and delicacy" would spill out and be a gift that keeps on giving. Sort of like the chain reaction when you let someone in in heavy traffic, or hold a door open for another, and they in turn do as well.
I'm putting it down in my daily goals for next year.
"Remember to be gracious today."
Thank you, Allison Bernard.