What do you do when you see a flashing sign, warning you of danger ahead? Are you the type of person that ignores the warning, and pushes through anyway? It’s human nature that peeks our curiosity when a warning is given. How many times have you been tempted to touch the bench when a “wet paint” sign is taped to it? When a server tells you to be careful because the plate of food is very hot – do you touch it to see if it really is hot? When the roads are icy, and you’ve been warned to stay off the roads, do you risk it anyway? A coworker of mine ignored the warnings last winter, hit some black ice on the road, and lost control of her car. Her car flipped over, and she was trapped in the car for 20 minutes before anyone came by to help her. Fortunately, she walked away from the accident, with only a sprained wrist. At work, your boss warns you about your attendance or unsatisfactory job performance. Instead of heeding the warning, and respecting the bosses’ position, the behavior continues. The next thing you know, you’re brushing off your resume’, and looking for another job. Why can’t we learn from others mistakes and save ourselves and others from unnecessary frustration, pain, and suffering? I believe it’s because we react based on feelings instead of thinking beyond the moment.
I want to invite you to join me in a challenge this week. We’ll take it one day at a time. Should you choose to accept the challenge, one must take time to breathe, think out-side the box, and look inside one’s self. I will never ask you to take on a challenge, I am not willing to do along with you. Invite others to join us. Nothing worth having comes easy, and I assure you this is worth having. Are you ready? Here it is….
“Stop and Think!”
Sounds simple enough, right? We’ll take this one step at a time. For today, let’s just take a look at how we treat others and why. Our feelings dictate our actions most of the time. If someone says something that makes us “feel” angry, the immediate response is to lash back at them in anger. If we are busy, and someone makes us “feel” like they are wasting our time, the immediate response is to rush them along so we can get back to our busyness. If someone makes us “feel” special, the immediate response is to want more of what they have to offer. As you go through this day – stop and think about what triggers your immediate actions.
Thought for the Day: Only some of us learn by other people’s mistakes; the rest of us have to be the other people.