The Best In Others

I was rummaging through some old papers my mother sent me, and ran across a clipping of this old quote by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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I wonder how much different the world would be if we all made the effort to look past others’ faults and simply tried to look for their best.


As I gave time this past week, I saw some of the best in others …

  • I saw dozens of other people picking up trash with our family at the great Oregon beach cleanup.
  • I saw dedicated volunteers and staff work another blood drive by the Red Cross so that my blood might one day save a life.
  • I saw volunteer judges and organizers running the Intel Northwest Regional Science Fair so my son and 200 hundred other high school kids could show their ideas.
  • I saw teachers give extra time so that I could understand how best to help my daughter with her homework.
  • I remembered how much my mother, and her mother, gave to their families while I wrote my mother a few letters.
  • I saw the dedication of fellow Toastmasters who met with me in their spare time to find ways to give more to our fellow members of Feedbackers Toastmasters.
  • I also saw people not giving their best, or taking only for themselves. … A reminder that I can look harder to find their best.
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About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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