At this very moment, somewhere in this wonderful world, someone is delivering extraordinary service. Somewhere, right now, someone is feeling special because they were treated with respect, dignity and thankfulness. Is that someone you on either side of this equation? The point is, it should be.
Have you ever been in a relationship where you are taken for granted? Have you ever taken someone for granted? I have found myself talking on the phone when I am ordering a cup of coffee. How rude am I, to both of the people in the equation? Or I find my self at times not being present with my Wife, and am a bit confused when She is frustrated. And to make matters worse, I don’t understand why She is frustrated. And then I am frustrated. But, what if I was present when i order my coffee, or when my Wife is talking to me or when a customer is talking to me? One thing I know, frustration levels drop.
Life happens all day long. We can let it happen, or choose how we want it to happen. I find that if we let it happen, we react, if we choose, we are part of the action. We can choose to disagree instead of going from zero to rage. We can choose to say no instead of agreeing to do something and resenting what we are doing. We can choose to say yes and get a sense of fulfillment from our helping.
You and I are important. People are important. Yet, the sad truth is we take most people for granted. The world would be a better place if people treated each other as they want to be treated. The issue here is that we can’t change the world, but we can change our world. And we can do that by being a bit more present in our world. Others will appreciate your kindness. And you might just make a new friend.