The words for the week are from Thought for Today by Ray Lammie.
Somewhere between my childhood and now, what was considered proper in responding to others has changed. We were taught that it was respectful to return phone calls, letters [remember those?] and messages. Above all you kept your word. It was considered an insult if you didn’t get back to someone or didn’t live up to your promises. Your reputation and your character were at stake.
Today, instead of a response, we often receive—nothing. That non-response has become—a response. I realize we are all very busy and that’s one less email or phone call to make.
Personally, I think I’ll stay with the old-fashioned communication standard and answer. Even if I have to tell someone what they don’t want to hear. At least it’s honest and respectful.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant — Robert Louis Stevenson