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2017-09-21

A Thought for the Week

by John M Grimes

How many times have you heard the expression, "One has to look at both sides?" The disposition to blame others for our inconveniences and trouble is a common vice.
In any situation where two people have difficulty with each other, it's likely that each is in some way responsible. There is rarely only one side to the picture.
Consequently, it's easy to put the blame on the other person. It's easier to do this because it's hard to face the part we may have played in bringing on the trouble or situation.
The Bible wisely speaks of "going the second mile." Sometimes this is a difficult doctrine for us human beings to accept, but isn't it a truly practical point of view?
For when we honestly look at the part we played in starting a quarrel and let the other person know we recognize our responsibility in it, the chances are considerable that the other person will let down his defenses. Perhaps then he will be equally ready to agree that he, too, was partly responsible for the difficulty.
Out of such mutual recognition comes a sound basis for working things out amicably.