Two more thoughts from was Linda Ellis’ Living Your Dash, Make Every Moment Matter.
Every day we groom, primp, add lotions, makeup, gels, jewelry, etc. in order to improve our outward appearances. We pin, clasp, dangle, and clip to dress up our “outside me.” What accessories are we adding to our “inside me?” Are we accessorized appropriately with love, compassion, kindness, and generosity? If we walked around with our “inside me” showing, would we be pleased with what we saw?
“Would they not see a difference or would they grieve in sorrow if your inside today became your outside tomorrow?”
WYSIWYG – What you see is what you get? There are two questions to this: 1. Is it? Are we really getting what we see? 2. Would anyone want it after really seeing it? Hmmm….
I Infection also known as the Me Monster. I infections are difficult to recognize in ourselves. The ability to listen attentively is one of the most admirable qualities anyone can possess. It’s an art, a gift, and a trait. Learn to listen without having to share your “also” story.
“Randomly interjecting your personal experience into conversations does not confirm that you are listening, but shows that you believe that what you have to offer is better, worse, or more entertaining….When we open our ears to really hear, we simultaneously open our hearts.”
Wow. This one smacked me square between the eyes. I’ve been doing this for years. I thought it showed I had been listening and to prove I could empathize with the speaker, I would share a similar story. Looks like it’s time I try some antI-biotics.
Cite: Ellis, L. (2011) Living Your Dash: Make Every Moment Matter. New York: Sterling Ethos Publishing, Inc.