Forging new and better relationships

What links us? Geography? History? Culture? Do we find a connection with someone because we happen to work in the same office, attend the same church, or ride in the same car pool? Having such contact does give us both a reason and an opportunity to get to know and appreciate others more fully.

Yet do we make the most of such opportunities, finding and holding in high esteem the unique and upright qualities each of us has to express? Perhaps not. After all, it's not that easy to do if what we're seeing in someone else seems shallow, cold, uninteresting, or unusual. It seems much easier to leave such relations at a superficial level—status quo—and not to expect much more from them.

June 14, 1993

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