Robert E. Lee

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A man once asked Robert E. Lee for his opinion of a fellow officer. Lee spoke of the man in the highest terms. This greatly astonished another officer who overheard and said to Lee, “General, don’t you know? That man is one of your most bitter enemies. He misses no opportunity to malign you.”

General Lee said: “Yes, but I was asked for my opinion of this man, not for his opinion of me.”
Stories like this one explain why General Robert E. Lee was admired even by the generals who fought against him.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Focus on the positive aspects of the people with whom you work. That does more for our workplace atmosphere than criticism. It’s part of the high calling of our daily work.

If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.

(James 1:26)