“How did things ever get so far? I don’t know. It was so unfortunate, so unnecessary.”
– Don Corleone, “The Godfather”
It happens to everyone, every once in a while: a difference becomes a dispute becomes a war. “It is so unfortunate, so unnecessary.” It’s one thing when you yell at a passing motorist, but it is another when you harm an important relation, or make an unnecessary enemy at work or among family. In times of heated weather or heated words, where and when patience is thin and tempers flair . . . take a breather, go for a walk, count to one hundred, keep in mind how important relations are. Don’t let things get “so far, so unfortunate or so unnecessary.” At work perhaps more so than most other places, relations are important, so don’t waste them.
This quote was recently used by one of my favorite newspaper columnists, Peggy Noonan, a former speech writer for President Reagan. A shout out to you, Peggy.
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