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As I go through my day I tend to think in themes. What do I mean? Well, any given day I might be thinking about ways to get myself in better physical shape and my thoughts will jump from what kind of diets would work best for me, what days of the week would make the most sense and what workout routine is the most reasonable given my lifestyle. Or the theme of the day might be making meaningful connections and my thoughts will jump to programs that I can plan for my church groups, taking a girlfriend out to dinner, or sending a handwritten card.
Recently, I’ve been thinking about being a better person and the example it sets for my children. Some thoughts that came to mind:
Be authentic. Be true to yourself. – Judy Garland once said, “Always be a first rate version of yourself instead of a second rate version of somebody else.” Live by this statement. There is no such thing as living in someone else’s shoes. The only shoes you can occupy are your own. If you aren’t being yourself, you aren’t truly living – you’re merely existing. And ask yourself this: If you don’t like who you really are, why should I like you?
Care about people. – If you don’t genuinely care about people, they won’t care about you. The more you help others, the more they will want to help you. Love and kindness begets love and kindness. And so on and so forth.
Make others feel good. – People will rarely remember what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel.
Smile often. – Everyone likes the sight of a genuine smile. Think about how you feel when a complete stranger looks into your eyes and smiles. Suddenly they don’t seem like a stranger anymore, do they?
Address people by their name. – People love the sight and sound of their own name. So make sure you learn to remember names. Use them courteously in both oral and written communication.
Listen intently to what others have to say. – Eyes focused, ears tuned, mobile phone off. In a world that can’t move fast enough, someone who can find time to listen to others is always appreciated.
Make yourself available and approachable. – If people cannot get a hold of you, or have trouble approaching you, they will forget about you. Your general availability and accessibility to others is extremely important to them. Always maintain a positive, tolerant attitude and keep an open line of communication to those around you.
I hope this isn’t only food for thought, but food for the soul as well and you’ll put these words on a screen into action.