Sometimes the messenger

needs to remember to

not shoot the messenger.

When the Message is heard,

the messenger is polite –

without rudeness, direct,

without smoke and mirrors.

Life is conflicting Truth…

thwarting community.

Love holds opposing Word…

dancing with divergence.

When the Message is real,

the messenger must educe –

a heartfelt response, not

unfeeling reaction.

Integration is hard –

Truth and Word together

spoils cooperation,

foils collaboration.

When the Message prospers,

the messenger must restore –

never transactional,

always cultivating.

Don’t shoot the messenger,

listening intently,

rejoining carefully.

Published by carlfmaulbeck

In the movie "Harvey", Elwood P Dowd, played by Jimmy Stewart, explains coping with the world this way: "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' - she always called me Elwood - 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." Well, for years I was smart, oh so very smart, I too recommend pleasant - Trust the harmony

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