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Taking The High Road.

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February 1, 2010.

"We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it." Abraham Lincoln

We've all found ourselves traveling down the low road at one time or another. You know the road. It's the one filled with nitpicking and faultfinding. The road packed with sniping and backbiting. The road fraught with sadness and despair, crammed to the hilt with negative comments and spiteful remarks.

It's a road where trashing your friends is an everyday occurrence. It's a road where besmirching your enemies is common practice. It's a road where regularly defaming people we hardly know is widely accepted.

It's a pathetic, pitiful, pothole riddled road.

"The high road is always respected. Honesty and integrity are always rewarded." Scott Hamilton

How many times have you found yourself wandering that low road? You're out there passing judgment on people you know - and don't know. You're running down colleagues and co-workers. You're even denigrating friends and family; belittling, maligning and smearing virtually everyone in sight, dishing out criticism like it's going out of style.

You don't want to be there, but you're there. You don't like what you're doing, but you're doing it nonetheless. And you're totally, completely, 100% miserable.

Let's face it, trashing and tearing others down is no way to build a life. Or make yourself happy. Or bring one sliver of value to anyone on earth. Be honest, how do you feel when you're being critical of others? Does it make you feel better? Does it make your life happier or more fulfilling? Does it make you look better in the eyes of those around you?

No it doesn't; not even close.

"The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share our riches but to reveal to him his own." Benjamin Disraeli

Hey, it's easy to find fault. It's easy to point out flaws. It's easy to criticize and critique the shortcomings of others. But easy or not, it's just plain wrong. And it will never get you anywhere close to realizing your dreams. You've got to get off - and stay off - of the low road. And don't go back.

Instead of tearing others down, why not take the high road and look for ways to build people up? Instead of raising a ruckus with people you know, why don't you look for ways to make them feel better about themselves? Instead of fussing and fuming and getting all riled up arguing with others, why don't you look for the best in the people all around you?

Take the high road. Tell them how much you admire them, how much you appreciate them. How much they mean to you.

Even when others pass judgment on you, you've got to rise about it. Don't stoop to their level; don't join their club. Don't say two can play this game. Rather than join them on the low road and start hurling insults back and forth, I want you to take the high ground and look for a ways to lift them up. That's right; I want you to look for the best in your detractors, even when they're ripping you to shreds. Why? Because chances are pretty good they hate the low road as much as you do. They desperately want to feel better, do better and be better. They just need to discover the best within themselves.

And you can help.

"The time is always right to do the right thing." Martin Luther King, Jr.

There are few pursuits more rewarding than lifting the hearts of your fellow man. When you lift up someone who has fallen down, you show them you care. When you help lift the load off of someone in need, you show them they count. When you help lift the burden off of a person going through a tough time, you show them a way out, a way up, and a way off of the low road once and for all.

When you constantly search for the best in others, something amazing occurs. You find it. And you help them discover it as well.

When you persistently seek the goodness in those all around you, something remarkable takes place. That goodness is revealed to everyone around.

When you continually lift others off of the low road and into a happier and healthier place, something incredible happens. You discover a peace between you that words can scarcely describe - a peace that only the high road provides.

The Bottom Line: Always choose the high road.


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