In life, we are more alike that different; however, the world attempts to separate and divide us. I’ve learned that the two things every person desires are love and respect.
We are social beings and we want to have relationships. Our words and actions can be the spark of encouragement that brings hope and joy for a moment or a lifetime. A smile may be the light another person needs during a difficult time.
Take a moment to think about someone who encouraged you and lifted your spirits during a challenging time. Do you remember how it felt when you received their encouragement? Who is someone you encouraged and offered support to when they faced a trying situation? How did you feel when you were the one giving encouragement?
A random act of kindness can benefit many people. A kind act can touch not only that particular person, it can create a domino effect when the receiver, as well as someone who might have witnessed the deed, may do a kindness for someone else. It’s called paying it forward. Although we may never be aware of the impact we had on others, it is a blessing to be the giver and expect nothing in return.
This short, inspirational video, Life Vest - Show You Care,
good way to see how actions and words can impact others.
As we reach out to others and refrain from making judgments, lives can be transformed. Assumptions are the termites in relationship. Seek to understand not to judge.
You may not be able to make your dreams come true but if you have the opportunity to help someone else make their dream a reality, do it! I was fortunate to be part of such an experience last month.
To my delight, my daughter's boyfriend asked for my help in arranging the "proposal". My role was to get her to the park at a specific time where he would be waiting with a very romantic scene to unfold.
It is hard to say which of the three of us had the most joy as this precious, lifetime moment occurred. Life is not a spectator sport - we are meant to be engaged (pun intended) in building relationships.
With over a year to plan the wedding, my daughter and her fiancé are ecstatic and living in the moment as well as planning their future.
Lasting and loving relationships require respect, kindness and love. We can look to Jesus as the ultimate role model for how to love one another.
The challenge comes when disagreements arise and emotions spiral out of control. My life experiences have taught me many things over the years and I’ve learned that the toughest people to love are the ones who need it most.
Whether it is a child or an adult, you may not always like their behavior but love them anyway. Let me challenge you to look at relationships differently. The 100/0 Principle
is a powerful way to enrich all relationships because it's based on taking 100% responsibility and expecting zero in return. Try it, and be persistent, then let me know the results you get. I know it works because I apply it daily.
May you step outside your comfort zone and see the beauty in having opportunities every day to touch the lives of others. Life is good. Go spread light where there is darkness. The world will be brighter with every act of love.
Until next month,
TCOY = Take Care of You