“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one come to you without leaving happier.” – Mother Teresa
Earlier this week, I had coffee one morning with a really great friend. We had not talked in a while, but made a point to get together and catch up. I always feel more rejuvenated and recharged after talking with him. The conversation centers around love, values, principles, and most importantly, each other. He cared more about helping me than himself and vice versa. In the end, we are both leave in a better place than when we first got there.
Isn’t this the ultimate goal? Shouldn’t everyone we meet or come into contact with leave feeling happier and leave us feeling happier?
Think really hard…how often does this happen? I would venture to guess probably not very much. I don’t get that above-described feeling with every person I encounter.
At the top of the reasons why would likely be selfishness. We go into any meeting seeking what is in it for us and how we can benefit. So much so that many times we barely even listen to someone else. They speak and we react with our own self-serving statement.
It can become frustrating when someone does this to us, but it is likely that we do this to someone else without even realizing it. I know that I have caught myself in this mode a few times, and probably cannot think of all the times that I have done this to others.
In order to counteract this feeling, the solution is simple: Love the other person.
Whether it is family, a friend, a significant other, an acquaintance, an enemy, etc., love them. Treat them exactly as you would like to be treated in that same situation. It sounds so simple, but we really need to be intentional in this. The easiest way to get people to love us and treat us with respect is to love them and treat them with respect.
My challenge to you is this: Leave people happier than when you left them. Do that by loving them…each and every person. Be selfless, be intentional.
You will be better for it, and you will make someone’s day.
Bring your best today!