It’s been a little bit since I’ve written on here. Sometimes I get little bits and pieces of an idea and I’ll put it in the notes on my phone and not get back to it for a while. I hope this message can help you and your friends find the good in everyone. And I don’t mean that as everyone is a good person, but I mean finding what everyone has to offer the world.
That girl who sits two seats in front of you in a class. She’s super quiet, comes in late a lot, and is terrified of presentation days because she hates speaking in front of people. You’re thinking “this girl is stupid” “why is she always late?” “Why doesn’t she speak up more?”
What you didn’t know is that her mother recently passed away and her grandmother is in the hospital with cancer. On top of that all her professors dislike her because she’s late all the time. You didn’t know she was bawling her eyes out about 5 minutes before coming to class just trying to hold it together, just wanting to pass thus class.
This is obviously an extreme scenario, but you get the point. You never know what people are going through. This is why it is so important to show kindness and mercy to others no matter what.
Most people would either ignore that girl or speak down to her because they are associating her silence with stupidity.
Let’s get something straight: talking down to someone does not put you above them. It shows that you value the two seconds of an ego booster you receive when you feel like you are “better than” someone else.
Rather than proving our own worth to others, let’s show others how much they are worth.
Some of the best people are the ones who lift others up and show them how great they are. People who put others down, belittle them, and try too hard to “flex” on people are self centered. I’m not saying I am not guilty of doing this. I think we can all admit we do this.
Be helpful instead of harmful. Instead of constantly bringing people down, tell them what they are doing right. We all need to be put in our place sometimes, but it does not help to constantly discourage people. Be part of the solution, not the problem.
I’m going to refer to the Golden Rule: “Treat Others the Way You Want to be Treated.”
God created each and every one of us in his own image. We all have something to offer. Make others see their full potential. What good does it do to speak ill about someone for two seconds of an ego booster versus the endless amount of joy you feel when helping and loving others?