A French criminologist
named Emile Locard came up with an idea which he called Locard's exchange principle.
It says that any person passing through a room will unknowingly leave something
there and take something away. That means that any encounter we have with people
today leaves us and them better or worse, but never the same. An exchange takes
place. Do you usually cause people to smile or frown? Is your conversation complimentary
or crude, caring or caustic? Is your tendency to be helpful or hurried? Are
you sensitive enough to detect someone's unspoken worry? Do people discern that
your emphasis is on you or on others? In each inter-personal encounter today,
an exchange will happen. The real winners are persons who make others better
for having met them.
- Bill Bouknight, Christ United Methodist Church, Memphis,