I admire the ability of poets to capture essence with a few simple words. A short prose by William Arthur Ward epitomizes the art of concisely messaging powerful ideas.

Before you speak, listen.
Before you write, think.
Before you spend, earn.
Before you criticize, wait.
Before you pray, forgive.
Before you quit, try.
Before you retire, save.
Before you die, give.

Action – Today, do something to bring one of these concepts into your life. Forgive someone else’s poor behavior, or perhaps your own. Open your ears to the real needs of that complaining colleague. Consider the ramifications of that nasty email. Avoid gossiping.

Before you forget this poem, DO something with it.

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