In today’s culture, it’s all about how you look, how you feel, and how successful you are. Certainly there are lots of people who need to find their voice and their own power.
But it’s becoming so ego-centric that I feel the need to throw a bit of balance into the mix.
You can be respectful of someone else and still state your own opinion. You don’t have to put someone down to be heard.
Someone might be rude to you but it might actually have nothing to do with you. They might be having a really bad day deserving of your empathy.
You might do something that is a major blooper and it really is okay to laugh at yourself…it probably was pretty funny…and surprisingly if you laugh too, the less likely it is to become gossip because no one feels the need to put you in your place. You don’t need to take yourself so seriously.
It’s not demeaning to offer to help someone out. Many of the most influential people in history have had an attitude of service to others. Help someone and they will remember it for years, maybe even a lifetime.
Prevent yourself from sticking your foot in your mouth by saving your judgements for later. As soon as you say “I would never do that” life has a way of presenting you with no other choice.
You don’t know why someone made the choices they did, but it’s always easier from the peanut gallery, than it is when you are on the spot. Cut people some slack. You might not have done it as well. You don’t know what battles they’ve had.
I loved the story “The Help”. The maid, Aibileen, who is helping raise a young girl, tells her everyday… “Remember, you’re kind, you’re smart, and you’re important”.
You are too.
Now pay it forward, because it’s not just about you.
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