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Be Mindful of How You Treat Other People

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Some recent observations regarding people and their relationships and interactions with others…no one person or situation in mind, just generally observing how people tend to gravitate toward the negative instead of the positive.

 

 

For instance, it’s sad when some people would rather:

*commiserate than congratulate…

*exercise judgment than extend compassion…

*recite problems than request solutions…

*exaggerate the faults of others than examine their own hearts.

 

It’s a choice we have to make daily:

*to focus on the positive instead of the negative,

*to praise instead of criticize,

*to lift up instead of tear down,

*to be mindful of our own heart’s motives and intentions, instead of minding and judging the lives of others.

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One of my new visitors and commenters, Julie, left a thoughtful response to yesterday’s post about the 3 Ps: Patience, Persistence, and Perseverance, that is relevant to this post. She  suggested we need to add compassion to those three virtues, and I agree! I was going for the alliteration of the three words starting with the same letter, but in practice, we definitely need to develop compassion and extend it to others on a daily basis. (You readers might also enjoy Julie’s series on The Alphabet of Happiness!) 😉

 

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Another inspirational thought for  the day…

 

“Lord, thank You that You love me

deeply and tenderly.

You are compassionate and gracious,

full of lovingkindness, ready to forgive,

patiently considerate,

and generous beyond imagining.

You desire my love

and rejoice to do good things for me.

You delight to give me the desires of my heart

as I delight myself in You.

How precious is Your love to me, O God!

I sing for joy as I take refuge

in the shadow of Your wings!”

–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”

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My reflections:

 

It all comes back to that “Golden Rule” to treat others as we want to be treated. I certainly appreciate when people extend kindness, compassion, patience, and a non-judgmental attitude toward me.  I need to do likewise.

 

So what are YOUR thoughts?

 

Do you notice, as a rule, that we humans tend to gravitate toward the negative instead of the positive?

 

Do you think it seems more natural to find fault in others, rather than acknowledge and praise positive attributes?

 

Do you strive to extend compassion to others in your daily life?

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7 Comments

  1. Julie Corbett

    Thank you so much for mentioning my comments and a link to my blog, The Alphabet of Happiness. When I read your posts, I resonate with everything you mention. We”re on the same page, for sure!

    12 . Jan . 2017
  2. Martha

    Wouldn’t it be great if everyone followed the Golden Rule? Great post.
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    12 . Jan . 2017
  3. Kathleen Gage

    Beautiful piece. I love the way you bring light to the dark.

    12 . Jan . 2017
  4. Pam

    I do believe we tend to lean negative. It seems easier, I guess. I am working on a similar post for next week about how our words influence others. People just don’t seem to care these days. They’re always in a rush and a huff.

    12 . Jan . 2017
  5. Anne Zarraonandia

    The Golden Rule! Yes, we should all live by that simple phrase! Kindness can go a long way!

    12 . Jan . 2017
  6. Sumudu

    Kindness takes no effort while you need to put in a lot of energy to hate and carry that hate around with you.
    Nice post

    12 . Jan . 2017
  7. Carlie

    We most certainly do focus on the negative rather than the positive! Friends get together and talk about their poor health or needing to lose weight or job problems. “How are you?” is a door opener that invites complaints. I make it a point to say “Fine and dandy,” even if people laugh at me. Though I said it yesterday on a conference call and my colleague actually said she liked hearing that because it reminded her of her mom. 🙂
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    13 . Jan . 2017

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