I received a little newsletter last month with some handy tips for thinking about others. I liked the ideas – they were creative and not the usual ones you think of when you try to be a more loving person. It got ME thinking so I thought YOU might want to join me in pondering these ideas. This is good stuff! 🙂
– Turn impersonal moments of passing someone on the street into a momentary meeting by giving a friendly greeting. Wave, smile or make eye contact and nod. People so rarely acknowledge each other any more. Your smile may make someone’s day. This little guy’s smile could light up a room!
– Increase your willingness to share yourself with people. Ask yourself, “Am I available for others or is my schedule so full that I don’t have time for those who want my attention?” Who have I been ignoring, even unintentionally?
– Try to listen before speaking; be the last rather than the first to speak in a group; ask others for their opinions before offering your own; resist the temptation to say “no” before carefully considering an opinion that differs from your own.
– Yield to others when you drive rather than fighting for the first spot at a traffic light. Allow someone into traffic when it’s bumper-to-bumper on your way home. Take a moment to breathe deeply when you’re at a red light and be thankful for your transportation. Then smile at the person in the car next to you. If it’s a child, wave to them! 🙂
So, how about you? Which one of these inspires you to be more kind or loving to others? Pick one and try it out. Then post your comments on the reaction you got.