ENCOURAGEMENT

“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” – Bryant H. McGill Behaviorists say people who listen and express an interest in the other person instead of talking about themselves are usually perceived as more likable. They also say simply smiling more has the same effect,Continue reading “ENCOURAGEMENT”

RAGE

Two wrongs don’t make a right. We hear that old adage but do we understand what it means? Rudeness, road rage, shopping cart rage, self-righteousness, impatience, and lack of empathy and consideration all contribute to a cloud of discontentment and sorrow. There is so much anger and despair in the world, and it feeds onContinue reading “RAGE”

MERCY

Today at the grocery store, I was standing in the tea aisle when a man walked by with his frail wife pushing the cart. He politely said, “Excuse me, ma’am,” when he went in front of me and then impatiently and not so nicely asked his wife, “Is this what you want? WHAT?”. I’ve saidContinue reading “MERCY”

RESPECT

“Every living being deserves respect, but children, animals, and the elderly deserve protection.” Someone commented this and I considered the words carefully. I often hear that respect must be earned and I ask myself, “Do I respect every living being”? How can I respect a person who does heinous things on purpose, or harms peopleContinue reading “RESPECT”

TIME

A friend once said that when couples marry, one family is usually more dominant than the other. I can see the truth in that statement, especially when blended families are involved. One family has close extended familial relationships, and the other doesn’t. Some have the means to travel, and others all live locally. People getContinue reading “TIME”