People wondered at the way she could make everyone around her smile. Her secret was, she was quick to laugh, slow to criticize and frankly, making people smile put pep in her step. ~ Queenisms™
Here’s a simple question. Which makes you feel better – being cross with someone or making someone smile? If we go about our business each day with an attitude of adding something gentle to the world rather than battling every person, place or thing we come across, we’re creating a gentler world for ourselves – let alone for others. Now, there is nothing wrong with raging against injustice and wrongs. In fact, it’s our duty as citizens of this world to be angry about wrongs and hold one another accountable for living in a way that uplifts and supports us all. BUT, general curmudgeonly behavior serves no one. Here’s a simple test we swear will prove to you, once and for all, that attitude can alter your world.
Make a commitment, for one full day, to stop yourself, mid sentence, any time you find yourself complaining or speaking sarcastically to yourself or to others. Then rephrase in a positive uplifting way. For example, “Well, that took you a long time. I asked you to do that weeks ago,” becomes “Thank you for doing that thing I asked you to do. It means a lot to me that you finished it.” Someone bumping you absentmindedly in a store gets a “Oops, are you ok?” (and a smile) rather than a “Hey, watch it?” and a scowl.
Give both loved ones and strangers your most compassionate smile – just for one day. Then tell us how your day went. We think you’ll say it was a wonderful day. Why? Because we believe you are amazing women (and men), capable of creating the kind of lives you’d most like to have. We don’t just contribute to the energy around us. Sometimes we create it. So let’s intentionally create something wonderful.