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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Practice What You Preach

That's pretty straightforward, isn't it?

"Practice what you preach."

Last semester I was wrangling with my school over what seemed to them a very simple issue. I was depending on a school-operated bus to get me to my afternoon class, and for reasons too boring to go into, it sometimes got me there late.

"No problem," my bosses told me. "Just tell the students you were on the bus."

Big problem for me. Because the students I teach are considered by some the "educational dregs": the ones who couldn't score high enough for a good university.

So I spend a lot of time harping on certain things: pay attention, be prepared, and above all, BE ON TIME.

For me to walk in late, then, was really quite a problem, whatever my reason. I couldn't make my bosses understand that it undermined my entire effort if I didn't "practice what I preached."

As I've written before, Gandhi said that "Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony."

But we can sum that up in simpler expressions: "Walk the talk." "Do unto others..."

Practice what you preach .

You'll be happier.

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