The Decisive Element

I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.

It is my personal approach that creates the climate.

It is my daily mood that makes the weather.

I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.

I can be a tool of torture, or an instrument of inspiration,

I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations,

it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated

or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized.

If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.

If we treat people as they ought to be,

we help them become what they are capable of becoming.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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