This month's topic - our favorite quote(s) is perfect for me!! I have one I use and think about almost daily - no kidding.
The amazeballs Maya Angelou once said:
How true are these words?
I know they are for me - and because of that I always try to treat others with respect and kindness, even if it isn't being shown to me. You never know why someone is acting the way they are: maybe they are having a bad day, or someone they love is in the hospital and they're worried. Maybe someone died recently and they are grieving. Maybe they can't pay their rent and are looking at eviction.
You simply don't know what is happening to the people you come in contact with every day, so that's why it's so important to make people- strangers and everyone else - FEEL comfortable, special, and loved.
My mother always told me to put myself in someone else's shoes. If someone was rude to me, how did that make me feel? If someone made me feel less than, how would that affect me? When you can consider the other person's feelings as your own, you treat people the way you want to be treated.
Words to live by, every single day.
Great quote, Peggy. I also grew up with the, at times, admonishment to "walk a mile in the other person's shoes" or to "treat others as I wish to be treated". Wise words and especially important words to live by or at least try to live by.
Walking a mile in the other person's shoes was one of my mother's favorite phrases and it makes so much sense, esp. today with all the craziness out there.
Such a great quote and 100% accurate. I was taught to live by the golden rule: treat others how you would like to be treated. We all have bad days, go through a crisis, and lose someone close to us. I try to smile at everyone and spread kindness when I can. It's never let me down yet. Thank you for the reminder, Peggy!
N.N. I was taught the same thing and I think it is one of the tenants of Christianity. i wish more so-called Christians would remember it!
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A wonderful quote, Peggy! Did you know that every major religion has the same tenet of doing unto others as you would have them do unto you?
Making others feel they are noticed, appreciated and loved is one of our purposes on earth. As the great Ms. Angelou said, that is what we will be remembered for.
So true, Peggy. If only people would live in kindness, instead of anger and fear.
Sarah - I didn't know that but now that I do, I feel it's even more important that we be kind to one another!
Deb - we can make small changes one person at a time...which is why I love passing on this quote. If I can get one person to think about what they say, how they say it and how it will make someone else feel - and then act accordingly, I feel I have made a difference.
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