I recently read a powerful & though-provoking quote.
I don’t remember it precisely, but paraphrased it went something like, “Everyone you come across is struggling with challenges beyond your understanding. Be kind.”
Indeed. Powerful & thought-provoking.
Now, focus on yourself. Consider your personalized interaction-utopia.
Specifically, how would people treat you in a perfect world? What would interactions look like? What would they sounds like? How would they make you feel?
Maybe everyone would communicate with kindness and respect all the time, even through challenges. People who feel good do that.
Maybe everyone would express lots of gratitude with all kinds of humility. People who feel good do that.
Maybe everyone would genuinely listen for deep understanding while truly considering your perspective with open minds. People who feel good do that.
Maybe everyone would treat you in ways that match your intentions and core values. People who feel good do that.
Maybe everyone would be patient. Maybe they would give you space & time when you need to process & rejuvinate. People who feel good do that.
Maybe everyone would get excited about your thoughts & ideas, and maybe they would all believe you can achieve your goals, no matter how precarious. People who feel good do that.
Maybe everyone would focus on making you feel good. People who feel good do that.
Maybe you have interaction hopes that I wouldn’t think of. Whatever they are, I would suggest that if they’re built on thoughtfulness & the common good, people who feel good do that.
As parents & educators heading into a new school year, I say we consider being selfish by squarely aiming our communication efforts at making others feels good so that we can come ever-closer to perpetuating the types of interactions that are best for us, & even more importantly, drive the type of collaborative culture that’s best for our kids.
Live. Love. Listen. Learn. Lead. Thanks.