Before the turn of the century in 1999, there was enormous concern that all the world’s computers would crash upon the dawn of the year 2000. Yet, as we know now from history, things went extraordinarily well on the transition and, despite the fear of a worldwide meltdown, things went nearly flawlessly as worldwide computer systems and technology seamlessly moved into the 21st century virtually without incident. We can learn a valuable lesson from how well the “Y2K Bug” was handled all over the world. There were very few challenges to face as a result of computer upgrades and modifications. Those problems that did arise were minor in comparison to what some people had predicted. This proves that by working together, all of the people in the world can do powerfully positive things when everyone shares a mutual respect.


A friend of mine commented on the news coverage of New Millennium celebrations all over the world. He said, “You know it was fascinating to see people from all different cultures share in the excitement of the new millennium. Everyone joined together for one purpose in the spirit of joy and enthusiasm for a positive future and celebration of an exciting past. The world actually got along with each other for a few minutes.”


When you are working and living from day to day, do you make a habit of treating everyone with respect? Of course it is possible to respect a person and just not like them personally. There is nothing wrong with differences of opinion because that is what makes the world so wonderfully diverse.


We have all heard the old saying, “Let’s just agree to disagree.” Yet to be as productive and as well-balanced as you deserve to be, you have to respect even those people who are radically different from you. While none of us will ever fully understand people in every way, we can extend our respect to different ways of thinking than our own.


By opening your mind but not necessarily changing your own opinions and values, it will allow you to see a clearer picture of who people are and what makes them tick. Make a positive impact by making the decision to not form negative opinions of people with whom you have not had the chance to have personal contact.


Let’s remember to think boldly but act kindly,

to respect others but also respect yourself,

to work hard but play just as hard



to speed up your thinking but still quiet your mind.

– Michael L. Stahl


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