Happy Monday! Time for our weekly Personal Reflection Exercise!
Isn’t it amazing how easily it is to offend others with our words and actions? How simple it is to say something without thinking that can (and usually does) get taken the wrong way, even if we don’t intentionally mean to sound rude or mean! I, like everyone else, have been guilty of this and also of getting my feathers ruffled over something that someone has said that struck a ‘trigger’ within me through no fault of theirs.
Words are powerful and our speech and actions can be damaging to those around us. It’s important to be aware of the feelings of those people we interact with and strive to be uplifting and positive. In this day and age where it seems like everyone is only out for themselves regardless of the consequences to other people, this is especially so. Therefor, our personal reflection exercise for today is about considering the feelings of others…
I consider the feelings of others.
Because I value those who enrich my life by their presence and love, I consider their feelings in my words, actions and decisions.
While I have let go of the idea that other people’s feelings should dictate my actions, I consider the effects that my choices will have on those closest to me and bear that in mind. I recognize that their feelings and concerns are as valid as my own.
Life is like a pool of water. When I toss in a pebble, those around me feel the ripples. Every action I take and every word I speak affects others.
I have let go of the idea that I should be able to operate in a vacuum; I want a far richer life than that would provide anyway! I feel gratitude for the community I live in.
I know that building and sustaining a community where all members feel supported and valued requires a conscious effort by all members. Therefore, I take time to think honestly about the effects of my actions on those I love.
There are times when I am affected by the decisions of others. As an adult, I have the choice to walk away from circumstances if I feel that someone is putting me in an unhealthy or intolerable situation.
I do have freedom, but their choices still affect me. I greatly appreciate it when others take the time to consider the effect of their choices on my life.
In return, I grant the same concern for the feelings of others that I desire from them.
1. Do I consider the feelings of others when I make decisions?
2. Have I taken the time to ask those closest to me how they feel about my choices?
3. How do I show my loved ones that their feelings are as valid as my own?
Journal writing is a great way to get in touch with your dreams, goals, insights and emotions. Use the questions above as a prompt to writing out your own personal reflection entry today!
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