Signs of the Times

[Isaac Ogden Rankin, in the Boston Evening Transcript, Massachusetts]

I wonder sometimes whether it might not be a good waking resolution on some dull wintry morning to use the day in noting and remembering all the good points we can find in others. I do not mean to prepare a ledger page and balance debits and credits; but for once to let debit accounts go glimmering, while we give credit for glimpses of the beauty of holiness which we have discovered in men's lives. . . .

It comes back to our own sense of values. Are you really interested in the good, the diamond qualities of the men and women whom you meet? If so, the sand and gravel of their lives from day to day, their follies and their sins, do not concern you much and swiftly pass into forgetfulness; while their good deeds and qualities are part of the enduring treasure of the world. Who would not like to be known as an observant man! But observant first of what? Of good or evil? Of beauty or deformity?

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August 24, 1935

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