Article by Wendy McCance
Keeping with what seems to be the theme of the week, I’d like to talk about the people around you. I’m talking about everyone that comes into contact with you on any given day. These people could be friends or relatives. They could also be the salesperson at a store, the person working out next to you at the gym or the person you are in line next to at the bank. Think about all of the people that surround you on a given day.
Now, think about this for a moment. WE ARE ALL CONNECTED. No one ever considers this, but we have all had experiences where we meet a stranger and find out we know people in common. If you stop to ponder this idea, it’s really mind-blowing to think that if we mapped it out, we could see that in one form or another we connect to each person on this planet.
There is something about looking at these connections that makes me feel closer to people that I don’t even know. Why is it that we treat those we know and are familiar with nicer than the people we don’t? How many times do you say hi to someone in line next to you? Do you hold a door for another person or even just smile at another person you pass on the street?
Being more aware that we do all connect gets me thinking about the repercussion of actions. You have to wonder if your bad mood or a lie you tell might reverberate through those you don’t know and touch someone you do, even if that is not your intent.
Let’s say you are having a horrible day. You are out shopping and get pushy and jump into a parking space you know someone else was waiting for. Let’s say that what you did put the person waiting for the parking space in a bad mood. They carry that bad mood and end up in line behind someone with more groceries than them. They get impatient and it becomes obvious to the person ahead of them. The person ahead of them absorbs the irritation and it throws their day off. They take their bad feelings out and are rude to the cashier. The cashier happens to be a friend of yours. At the end of the day, the cashier calls you in a horrible mood and the conversation turns sour. You can see by the example that what goes around comes around.
My point is that a little extra effort should be made to treat each other kindly. Treating people poorly does nothing more than exert more energy and waste a day that could have been pleasant.
The next time you are out and about whether it’s taking a walk or running errands, think about those around you. Who knows who will show up again at some point in your future. Just food for thought. 🙂
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