Archive for July 15th, 2005

July 15, 2005

Enriched is the Man…

by Rod Smith

Enriched is the man who treats others with kindness beyond their deserving. He is generous with family and strangers and he seeks the highest good for all, knowing that the wisdom he exercises in his daily life positively impacts people around him. He regards faithfulness with high regard. The very thought of betraying his family by committing some moral indiscretion unsettles his peace.

Enriched is the man who does not play “one-up” games. He applauds the success of others. He takes no delight in the hardships, losses, or pain, others endure. He is more committed to being patient, kind and hardworking, than he is committed to being rich or to displaying symbols of success.

Enriched is the man who would rather lose at a sporting event than he would cheat in order to appear to have won. While he can be fiercely competitive and loves to win, he watches his behavior, treasuring his valued reputation. He can drink without becoming drunk, enjoy good humor without resorting to the ridicule of others.

Enriched is the man who pauses momentarily, quite regularly, in order to acknowledge his joy at being a man. He treasures his role as one who carries love, truth and kindness to all within his circle of influence.