Virtue of the Week: Friendliness

Virtue is the common thread that binds the tapestry of humanity. The easiest way to be friendly to others (especially those who you do not care for) is to see your own self in them. The secret is to look for and recognize the things that you have in common with others. Most of those things are our shared virtue and humanity. That guy or gal over there loves like you, fears like you, hopes like you, suffers like you, and laughs like you. Seeing your own self in others then gives new meaning to the phrase “treat others like you would like to be treated”….. that’s you over there!

Around The Corner
by Henson Towne

Around the corner I have a friend, In this great city that has no end.

Yet days go by and weeks rush on, And before I know it a year is gone,

And I never see my old friend’s face; For life is a swift and terrible race.

He knows I like him just as well As in the days when I rang his bell

And he rang mine. We were younger then– And now we are busy, tired men–

Tired with playing a foolish game; Tired with trying to make a name.

“Tomorrow,” I say, “I will call on Jim, Just to show that I’m thinking of him.”

But tomorrow comes–and tomorrow goes; And the distance between us grows and grows.

Around the corner!–yet miles away… “Here’s a telegram, sir.”

“Jim died today.” And that’s what we get–and deserve in the end–

Around the corner, a vanished friend.

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