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Got this in an email and thought there was some wisdom in it.





Harmony does not mean that everyone is in agreement. It means

that no one is attempting to force his or her opinions on



Harmony does not mean that everyone is the same. It means

that everyone respects and tolerates and even celebrates the

differences that give so much richness to life.


Harmony is not ever achieved by brute force. Harmony is

reached when every individual understands, on his or her own

terms, that it is by far the most effective way to live.


Harmony does not come about through intimidation or scolding

or threats of punishment. Harmony is reached through



Harmony cannot exist where people are interested only in

what they can take. Harmony is built through giving.


Harmony comes not by giving in or by being weak or by

surrendering one's most treasured principles, or by the

cowardly attempt to control others. Harmony is the domain of

those who are confident enough in their own lives to allow

others to peacefully flourish.


Ralph Marston

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