Treating others the way you want to be treated is the essence of being human. Does a person who would take a pause amid a busy day just to know how you are feeling and respond accordingly make an impact on your life? Is this attitude found commonly around us today or is it very rare to find such considerate gesture? Even when people are not busy, you will find them glued to their gadgets or indulging in what gives them pleasure. To spare a moment in knowing what someone around them is going through or how someone is feeling isn’t their priority. Do the same people not expect to be treated with kindness and consideration by others? I am sure they assume it is their right to be treated with kindness, but are at times not attentive about how they make others feel.
Instead of being engrossed with all that keeps us busy, having the person around us in mind and not being insensitive will help us learn to consider the needs and feelings of others. Holding the door open for the person next to you to pass through, putting forth your thoughts or feelings politely when you disagree with someone, being careful with what you say, and showing respect to people without discrimination are some ways in which we can be considerate.
Most of us expect some positive change in the world and in the people around us. Are we not responsible to bring about that change within us too, rather than blaming situations and people? Being willing to change, and to open our ears and hearts to the needs and feelings of the people around us definitely brings a change in their life and in the world. Be an example of what you would like to see others do. Be a ray of hope and a reason to smile for those who look for it every day amid the struggles and challenges of life.
It is not uncommon to see people being taken for granted, treated based on their position and situation, and accepted or rejected depending on how they could benefit us. It takes a lot of effort to build a relationship but a careless gesture in a difficult moment brings mistrust and hurt. If you believe that you reap what you sowed someday, make it a habit to sow kindness, empathy, compassion, and a respectful attitude. You will not regret it, but feel the inner joy of being human and enjoy the blessings that come your way.
How has someone’s considerate gesture changed your perception of life? do you put effort to make people feel they matter? Do share your views in the comments.