Of the things we think, say, or do:
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Our 4-Way Test Chair had a medical issue last month and has been unable to promote the essay contest.
To make sure the 8th Graders of District 5520 have an opportunity to participate in this year’s essay contest New Generations Chair Bobby Wallace announces the following…
The theme will remain the same “How will the Four Way Test help me complete my secondary curriculum?”
The deadline has been extended to April 7th
The Club’s winning essays should be sent to Bobby Wallace to arrive before April 7th. Essays can be submitted by mail to 5312 Queens Way NE., Albuquerque, NM 87109 or e-mail email@example.com.
Prize money for the top three essays will be awarded – 1st $400, 2nd $250 and 3rd $100
The winning student will be asked to read their essay at the District Conference.
A scoring sheet is available on this web page.
Please address any questions to PDG Bobby Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Sometimes the line between right and wrong is blurred, and we have trouble making decisions that are both fair and perceptive of the people around us. The “Four Way Test” is a perfect solution to this classic problem. Following these four steps can help ensure my decisions are well thought-out and considerate of others."
Ruby Vargehese is this year's essay winner! In the photo left to right is Kit Whittington, essay committee chair presenting a $500 check to Ruby, and club president Scott Krejci. Click on More to read the essay.
Sometimes the line between right and wrong is blurred, and we have trouble making decisions that are both fair and perceptive of the people around us. The “Four Way Test” is a perfect solution to this classic problem. Following these four steps can help ensure my decisions are well thought-out and considerate of others.
The first step would be to ask “Is it the Truth”. Of the things we think, say, or do, we should always keep in mind the truth and preach only what is right. Additionally, we should think about the truthfulness in the words of others. As Thoreau once said, “Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it”. This piece of advice is especially helpful to a high school student, like me, because high school students tend to make rash, naïve choices. By understanding the truth in what others say we can make sure our decisions in the end are the right ones.
The second part of the test asks us the question if the action or saying “is fair to all concerned”. Fairness is an important factor to consider in proper decision making. We should always make sure our decisions result in justice and equality for everybody. In the future I will utilize this step to make sure the thoughts and concerns of my peers and coworkers are heard.
The third step is to ask “Will it build goodwill and better friendships”. Many times when we make a tough decision, it’s easy to forget that despite our differences, we are all similar. We are all working towards a common goal, some of us just trying to make it in this muddled world. It’s important to consider the feelings of others and build strong connections. Having a positive workplace that is rife with goodwill and camaraderie is more productive than one that is not. I always try to help build on my relationships with my peers by talking to them and most importantly, listening to their concerns. Helping my peers solve their problems helps make them feel better and also allows me feel well about myself too.
The fourth and last question is “Will it be beneficial to all concerned”. In the end, we want everyone to be happy. Happiness is key to running a workplace, a household, or even a classroom. I always like to keep the happiness of others in my mind as I make important decisions. I will particularly use this question in the future to ensure I am making the right choice for others as well as myself.
I hope these four questions will help me make better decisions in the future. By keeping the well-being of others and myself in mind, as well as the truth and fairness, I believe the “Four Way Test” can help me build stronger relationships with other people and allow me to make more informed, thought-out choices in life.