Give Credit Where Credit is Due.
Well, finally we arrived at Z in the Places You Will Go series. I enjoyed going back through photos, reliving memories and remembering the stories on my way leads onto way journey through life. I am always thankful for opportunities to learn and understand more about life and am overwhelmingly humbled at what a tiny speck of dust I am in time, space and matter but concurrently how incredibly precious. Beyond that God has a purpose for my life and that of every other soul, irrespective of time or place.
For the next series of blogs I want to write some Pearls of Wisdom and this is a collection of sayings that I heard whilst growing up. Most of these were common sayings of the day but I noticed if I used them in the classroom, today’s students had no idea what I was talking about. The meanings of these sayings are anchored in old wisdom which is timeless and still applicable to our modern world.
#1) Give credit where credit is due.
This was a saying of my father and I am very thankful it was something I was taught. To give credit where credit is due is to recognise the good work of an individual or group regardless of whether you like them or agree with them. To give credit where credit is due helps us to be balanced, to not run wildly with our own personal bias, it tempers us from being self righteously judgemental, it supports people from different backgrounds and histories to be able to work together and it reminds us that humility is more powerful than arrogance.
Can you image what a difference this attitude would make to social media, and the media in general, where we can quite calmly crucify others, overlook any of the good they may have achieved because we don’t like them, or their politics, or their religion, or the colour of their skin, or their lifestyle, or their gender, or any other reason one can make up to support cruelty.
I am sure, like me, you don’t have to look very far to see this happening. Please, get off the bandwagon! Give credit where credit is due.