I have loved the comments on the blog this week. I wanted to highlight this comment from Laurie, who was responding to the post on adding value to people's lives this month.
to see people through their eyes rather than my own. My own eyes assess
things through my life experiences which can be totally different.
find it easier to engage with a stranger because I have no
preconceptions of them. My self-challenge is to see my family through
clear, caring eyes and give them the time and recognition each of us
Why is it we can treat strangers better than we treat the people we know best? Likely because we haven't judged them yet.
That's why so many couples find the early years are the best years – no long history of judgment there. What if we lived every day with our spouse like it was our first date? What if we gave everyone we knew the benefit of the doubt – the same courtesy most of us would extend to strangers? What if we forgave the past in a way that allowed us to be truly alive in the present?
That's my challenge today. Got a full day to embrace it.