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What Would Your Sticky Note Say?

note to selfIt’s early in the morning and you are walking into your building for work.  The person in front of you doesn’t hold the door.  You roll your eyes and think to yourself, “Wow, how considerate of you!”

We are all so quick to judge or assume why others act or do things the way they do.  But, maybe that person who didn’t hold the door had a whole lot on his mind.  Maybe, just maybe, he isn’t the inconsiderate person you so quickly labeled him to be.  Maybe, he’s overwhelmed and needs to be told, “Everything will be OK.”

We’ve all played that fun game, “If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?”  Well, I would choose the ability to understand people on a deeper level.  Past experiences, family, your environment, friends, and so much more have molded you into the person you are today – and those elements continue to shape your future self.  Sure, it sucks having a door slammed in your face or getting a smart remark when all you wanted was a simple answer.  But, if we could all practice approaching with love and a willingness to understand others first…wow, what a difference that would make.

Sure, it would be a lot easier if every stranger walked around with a sticky note on their forehead that warns you if they’ve had an abusive parent, that they just had a horrible fight with their spouse, or that they had a morning from hell…but life doesn’t work that way.  Not everything is spelled out for us.  We are all on this Earth together and I feel it’s time we start collaborating and empowering, rather than competing and tearing each other down.  It’s time we start being there for others – even strangers – rather than choosing defensiveness and assumptions.

So, what’s next?  Change how you approach and view others – practice love and understanding.

– Jen

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