Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous. I Peter 3:8
The word “pitiful” must have had a different meaning back in Peter’s day. However think about the passage and how your own happiness depends on the way other people treat you. The looks and tones of your fellow workers or employer, the faithful or unreliable people you deal with, what people say to you on the street, the letters or e-mails you get – these things to a large extent make up the pleasure or misery of your day. Now turn it around, and realize that to the same degree you are adding to the pleasure or misery of others’ day. And this is the half you control. How others affect your day is pretty much out of your control, but whether every day of your life brings to others suffering or happiness rests with you.