Often, we harm a relationship with someone we care about - simply because we reacted poorly. Our responses can put us into a situation we do not desire, even when they are justified according to our own thinking.
A little poem can help us with our spirit concerning what we hear, and how we react to it.
Forget each kindness that you do as soon as you have done it.
Forget the praise that falls to you the moment you have won it.
Forget the slander that you hear before you can repeat it.
Forget each slight, each spite, each sneer, whenever you may meet.
Remember every promise made and keep it to the letter.
Remember those who lend you aid and be a grateful debtor.
Remember all the happiness that comes your way in living.
Forget each worry and distress; be hopeful and forgiving.
Remember good, remember truth, remember heaven is above you.
And you will find, through age and youth, that many will love you.
While we know that true joy only comes from Jesus, the above advice is
beneficial if we follow it.