As you go about your day, consider being thoughtful to someone else. You’d be surprised how easy it is to make a person feel special with one simple action or word from you. Being considerate of each other has become a thing of the past for many; however, there are many MORE people who are kind, selfless, and understanding of another human being.
The thing is that NOTHING is more appealing in this world than a simple touch or gesture from another person; one that lets us know that they care. Yeah, we may think becoming successful and having many things will be gratifying, but more importantly it is through our grace and kindness to one another that actually gives us the ability to become more powerful than ever before!
Think about how much you love and care for your pet, or even a car or some other inanimate object….THEN go be that kind to someone else in that manner.
To get you started, here are 10 of the best ways to consider consideration:
1. Ask a family member or neighbor if they need anything while you’re out running errands.
2. Take on someone else’s responsibility for a day; your spouse, a friend, a parent. They’ll be grateful for your service.
3. Say “Please” and “Thank You” to those who do for you and say “Hi” to everyone!
4. Chill out when it comes to a different point-of-view. Everyone has an opinion and you don’t have to agree with them. Think about how important the point is you’re trying to make. Is it really worth arguing about?
5. Rub the shoulders of someone in pain, or extend a hand to a person in need.
6. Kneel down and talk to a child; come down to their view of the world.
7. Stop interrupting when someone else is talking. When in conversation, give the other person a chance to talk, too.
8. Consider a person’s schedule, time, abilities, and even personality.
9. Don’t leave other people out. For example, sit lower, place yourself properly, or keep your head still in a room full of people; like church, a concert, or other event…so as to not obstruct the view. Another example could be to include others in your invitations so as to not leave someone out.
10. Remind yourself that every plastic bottle or box you recycle is probably two or three bags a week (in my house anyway) that you save from the landfill. That’s like helping billions of people all at once!
Some of these may be tough for many of readers, I’m sure. Good news is that being considerate is always as close as your nearest retailer. For instance, #8 comes in handy when in a checkout line. If the guy behind you has one item and your cart is a little hefty, let him go in front of you. Oh, and let’s not forget the cashier! Consider if she is busy; not to mention, dealing with the frustrations of those who wait their turn. Offer her a kind word and a stress-free transaction.
We all have things we can work on in ourselves. I can definitely name a few for me. The thing is to be conscious of what you are putting out there so that the best of you comes forward. Self-awareness is key when making changes to your behaviors. Make a note, list, or add a calendar entry with a recurring event, “Be considerate to someone today.” With time, you will automatically become a giver; of yourself and of your thoughtfulness.
When you intently put one consideration after another out there, you instantaneously become more graceful and happy. How about that for payoff!!!
I will end with a quote about consideration and character.
|“Your greatness is measured by your kindness; your education and intellect by your modesty; your ignorance is betrayed by your suspicions and prejudices, and your real caliber is measured by the consideration and tolerance you have for others.” – William J. H. Boetcker|
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A local author, born and raised in Cincinnati, Kim offers insights and guidance to those struggling in a relationship, and to those who simply want to improve the ones they are in. She has been writing and sharing for more than five years now; sharing her first book, working on her second, third, and fourth books, and offering up her seminar, Expect to be Respected, to inspire women to reach for the good stuff.
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