Today, I learned something valuable. I saw a story play out right before my eyes.
A woman arrived. She was kind, interested in others, personable, and gracious. People rushed to her aid, doting over her, talking to her, and laughing with her. They were all basking in her glow, hoping to catch a ray of her overflowing sweetness.
There were other people in the room at this time, but this one woman caught my attention and the attention of everyone else in the room.
We all gravitated toward her like she had a magnetic pull.
It was like getting caught up in the excitement of a storm and then it passes and you feel different. The ground around you is wet from the rain. The leaves on trees nearby are contorted from the gusting of the wind.
This woman was like that. She was like a storm. Except her storm was joy and kindness. It just seemed to ooze out of her and it got all over me. I got coated in it’s wonderful stickiness.
What’s In It For You
The interesting part about the whole story is that because of how she treated everyone, she was treated the same way in return. She gushed kindness, I gushed kindness. She lit up my mind with a smile, and I happily returned it.
She gleamed with excitement about life and I started glowing brighter.
She ushered praise sincerely and took great interest in each word spoken. I mirrored her without even realizing it.
What I realized was the verse, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” was being played out right before my eyes.
I have always thought of that verse in such a self-sacrificial way. “Oh, I should be kind to others because that’s the right thing to do and I would want them to do that for me.” I would actually baulk against this “should” I was telling myself to do because I didn’t always see what I would get out of it.
The Truth Of The Matter
I mean, face it. We all want something out of everything.
We are all driven by what makes us feel good, comfortable, encouraged, and uplifted. We just are. We want pleasure, we hate pain.
I have been approaching my dealings with people from a backseat stance. I wait and say to myself, “I’ll be nice to them, depending on how nice they are to me.”
What I saw played out today was opposite. I saw a woman who took initiative and openly loved and sincerely doted on all those she ran into. What happened was she was loved and doted in heaps and bounds in return.
I am convinced she got more feelings of support and encouragement and love poured on her in the 15 minutes I saw her than some people get in months, even years.
I am missing out!
We all want it, want love, validation, and encouragement, but we depend on others to give it before we give it back.
I am posing that we change the order of our internal plan because it is leading us down a faulty road. And that road is making us miss out on the opportunity to be loved and encouraged.
This is what I learned today.
– Seek first to listen
– Seek first to hear
– Seek first to encourage
– Seek first to validate
The response you get will fill your heart to overflowing.
I saw it played out today and it was powerful. It struck me. I am changed.
Question: Do you seek first to love and encourage or to have others love and encourage you?