Revelations By Ron

Maybe if everyone concentrated on self-improvement instead of being critical, we would be much better off. The world seems to consist of those who do and those who watch. Why do those who watch have so much to say about those who go about their business?

We should all ask ourselves the following questions. Are we good parents? Do we spend time with our kids? Do we lead respectable lives that our children can model? Have they seen us at our best? Have they seen us at our worst? When we were at our worst, did we fall apart, swear like a sailor, and kick the family dog?

Little innocent eyes are usually connected to a brain that has a really good memory. Yet do we talk about other people and the way they raise their kids? We had better be careful. We might get another turn at parenting we weren’t expecting, that comes with a completely different set of challenges. Ask some “modern grandparents” today who are literally raising their grandchildren as their own.

Are we good workers? Is our reputation in the company something others hope to emulate? Even if it is, do we think sometimes they are talking about us the way we talk about them? We should consider the “ying” to our “yang.” Payback is elastic.

Are we kind, considerate mates? When was the last time we told our spouse he or she looked pretty or handsome? It’s probably been awhile. And we often think that our mate could/should be doing more for us, but again … what have we done?

Former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden once said, “Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.”

Without being vindictive, I hope my coffee shop “neighbor” stumbles across this article someday. Perhaps these words may serve as a mirror for him. Sylvester Stallone, like most of us, is simply doing the best he can. He has shown perseverance and character, and climbed many personal mountains to maintain integrity.

Before we point at another’s list of errors and eccentricities, we should consider their accomplishments and then humbly hold them next to a list of our own. When that’s done, we should stop and think what others who look at our list may be thinking. That moment may be very revealing.

Ron Ciancutti is the Purchasing Manager for Cleveland Metroparks. He is not on Facebook, but he can be reached at rdc@clevelandmetroparks.com.

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