679... that's how many strips of paper i had placed in our recycle bin. Each one measured 8 and 1/2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. When piled on my desk, it was quite a stack of paper, and recycling made sense... but not the way i did it.
"Mrs. Williams, when you have small pieces of paper to recycle, you need to put it in a bag before putting it in the recycle container. "
"Yes ma'am. When the recycle bin is emptied into the large container outside, the small pieces fly out and scatter everywhere."
Oh, my. I suddenly saw her reality. Hundreds, and i mean hundreds, of paper strips swirling in the air and all over the ground, covering it like a snow blizzard. She could have stormed in and loudly announced how my thinking (or more appropriately, lack of thinking) had added to her already busy work schedule, but she didn't. Instead, with gentleness she shared wisdom on better recycling procedures. It's a lesson i will never forget... bag the scrapes and speak gently. Thank you, Ms. Shelia.
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you make know how to answer everyone.
friend, we are loved and chosen by God,