Wednesday, October 5, 2016

#279 / Some Good Advice From Ruth

On October 1, 2016, The New York Times carried a nice little "opinion" piece by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Times titled her piece "Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Advice For Living." Click the link to check it out. 

Here is what I think was a particularly timely observation by Justice Ginsburg:

Another often-asked question when I speak in public: “Do you have some good advice you might share with us?” Yes, I do. It comes from my savvy mother-in-law, advice she gave me on my wedding day. “In every good marriage,” she counseled, “it helps sometimes to be a little deaf.” I have followed that advice assiduously, and not only at home through 56 years of a marital partnership nonpareil. I have employed it as well in every workplace, including the Supreme Court. When a thoughtless or unkind word is spoken, best tune out. Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.

This advice, and particularly the advice in her last line, seems relevant for anyone running for president, but I think there is one current candidate who could really benefit from paying attention.

I bet you know the guy I have in mind!

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