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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Going high: Balancing life's see-saw

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Aiming high is one thing.  Going high is quite another, especially when those around you go low.

Presidents of the United States are in a unique position to be maligned by hundreds of thousands of people.  POTUS families are in for that bumpy ride, as well. While speaking at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Michelle Obama described how her family has handled this challenge.

When mentoring their daughters on life in the spotlight, the Obamas emphasize this:  …we insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country…  we explain that when someone is cruel, or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level – no, our motto is, when they go low, we go high.

    What great (and difficult) advice for anyone to follow!  It is reminiscent of these words from Rudyard Kipling:  If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too;   If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,   Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise…

    If you can do all that, then you not only achieve great things within this realm, but also within any alternate ones.


Copyright August 3, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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