Elder Marvin J. Ashton had a small sign placed on an ofice door that read, "Come in without knocking and leave the same way."
Elder Ashton noted that the word "knock" has two definitions: to strike something with a sharp blow and to find fault or criticism. "This sign served as a reminder to me to come into the office without finding fault and to leave at the close of the day the same way," he said.
In a few short words, Elder Ashton gave us a fairly comprehensive guideline for living: to refrain from finding fault in our comings and goings. What a kinder and gentler world it would be if we could all do this on a daily basis. As I look back on a typical day, I am chagrined and ashamed to realize that I spent many words in finding fault and voicing it. What a sad commentary.
Joy for today: entering without knocking and leaving the same way.