Since the start of the year, I have made time to sit and reflect on why I do what I do. I think it’s a good thing to do from time to time because I have a habit of getting distracted and busy. Do you?
After some time of reflection, I think about the type of person I want to be.
I came across this quote that helped me in my thinking.
I’ve seen this quote shared a few times on social media and I really like it because it focuses on how I treat other people.
Because let’s be honest, people can treat each other as if they’re sh*t. And while I don’t like to swear on this blog (go figure being a plumbing blog and all!) there are some people who think they’re crap smells better than someone else’s – meaning they think they are better than others.
And that’s a crap way to live.
No matter what we do in life – whether we choose to live a small existence where we are only known by those closest to us, or if we are known by a large majority of people, we all have a responsibility to treat others with respect even if we don’t agree with what they do.
I want to definitely be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody. Whether it’s a simple smile as I walk Esther to school or a simple ‘hello, how are you?’ to a random stranger. If we looked at other people and saw them as important as ourselves, wouldn’t the world be a different place?
So while I think it’s definitely great to be somebody that makes everybody feel somebody, I think it’s important to bring out the best in everybody too.
Because some people don’t know how to be kind or how to treat others right. But if we do it by example and live in a way that brings out a positive response from others, isn’t that a powerful way to live?
We all have a purpose and our callings are varied, but at the crux of it all, the purpose is often for the good of humankind.
I believe the best thing you can do for somebody else is to bring out their best, even when they don’t know how to find it themselves.
How do we go about it? It starts with reading this post. And first and foremost it’s seeing everybody as a somebody, rather than a nobody. I believe the two quotes above go hand in hand.
How have you handled people who are difficult to get along with? Can you share a time when you brought out the best in somebody?
I’m linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT.