“It’s the greatest path to peace of mind.” -Jeffrey T. Klein
Klein is a good friend of mine. When he sent me this in a text, it immediately impacted my overall thinking.
So many of us have our own ideas and thought processes that are hard wired. Too infrequently do we live in consideration. Consideration, deep consideration, for others is without a doubt the greatest path to peace of mind.
The substitution of habitual thoughts is key. And you have to be aware of your thoughts to make this happen. Instead of getting incredibly frustrated with that dumbass in the meeting or your family member who makes the worst decisions, consider why they are who they are. What are THEY going through? Why do they conduct themselves the way they do? Or even….what is it about them you find so frustrating? Why is that? Is it something they’re doing or is it how you were raised?
Think about how often it happens to you in life. Inevitably, you experience thoughts that lack consideration multiple times throughout your day or week. I do, too. The waiter not going fast enough for you. The lady at the checkout counter a little spacey. You don’t like how the guy negotiating the deal with you is going about things. How were THEY raised? What values were THEY taught at a young age that are in conflict with yours? Think about what they may be going through or maybe the advantages you have had that they have not.
CONSIDERATION. There is no other way to live. And maybe you’ll make them (and yourself) a little better in the process.
Think about something you are terrible at. Now imagine if you had to perform doing it without much practice….or guidance. That might be what someone else is going through right in front of your eyes. Maybe they have never had someone step up to show them a different way.
Every day you likely meet with friends, family, and coworkers you don’t always appreciate or get along with. This week, I challenge you to reflect on why that is.
Is there anything more important than peace of mind? You can control it more starting tomorrow by implementing consideration.
Happy Sunday Morning. Have a beautiful week considering and make it a noteworthy one.