Shine up your neighbor’s halo.

Another Mini-Maxim in the series…

5. Shine up your neighbor’s halo

One Sunday morning while in vacation, while sitting in a back pew of a small country church, with my eyes half asleep, I dimly heard the elder Priest urge his flock to “stop worrying about your own halo and shine up your neighbors!” It left me sitting up, wide awake, because it struck me as just about the best eleven word formula for getting along with people I have ever heard.

I felt and liked it for its implication that everyone, in some area of life, has a halo that’s worth watching for and acknowledging.  I like it for the droll celestial picture it conjures up: everybody industriously polishing away at everybody else’s little circle of divine light.  I like it for the firm way it shifts emphasis from self to interest and concern for others.  Finally, I like it because it reflects a deep psychological truth: that people have a tendency to become what you expect them to be.

Published by LeadersTips

What does it take to be a leader? How can you gain practical experience and knowledge in developing your leadership style and attitude? You do this one experience at a time, one spoonful at a time. Gary J. Vien has over 40 years of deep leadership experience living and working in seven states, from coast to coast. Over the years he has written many life quotes, leadership maxims and stories in a 6 by 9 inch brown, blank journal his father gave him. Now he opens his journal and begins to share the wisdom and writings of the times. Read, practice and enjoy these LeadersTips from the little brown journal...

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