ACCEPTING THAT

Accepting that Change Starts with Each One of Us

I am sitting here thinking about a lot of the things that happen on a day-to-day basis. There are so many things that I come across and a lot, I think, can be drastically improved. I am not saying that I am better, or that I wish I were in a different place.

People are always saying how bad other people are and how they wouldn’t do such a thing. The problem is that we don’t realise that we tend to do similar things and that they think of us the same way. Most people act according to what they learned and acquired growing up and those things are sometimes the hardest to change.

For example, my wife and I have been trying to change the way we converse with people, the way we handle situations. And, it has helped us when we try not to pick fights or embarrass ourselves in public. Before, we would, at times, argue during situations where we knew we were right, but we have realised and agreed that even if we are ‘right’ we shouldn’t argue or fight.

I am saying these things because there are many small things that we tend to do that make a huge impact on other people as well. Even the simple things like not moving over on an escalator to let those in a hurry pass or not standing to the side when you don’t know where you are going or arguing with the saleslady because she is acting like she isn’t in the mood to sell things. These things, you may say, are pretty petty but if you think about it, if we change the way we handle situations and we start doing things with the thought that we might be hurting someone or hindering someone else from getting something done, then we will make a difference.

It goes back to the saying, “even the small things matter”. Remember, everyone looks at everyone thinking that they are better, why not change that and look at ourselves and say to ourselves that we can make ourselves better? We need to stop looking at the faults and mistakes of others when there are many things in our lives that need to be changed. We don’t know what other people are going through, let’s just think that they might just be having a bad day or they are going through a rough time.

Let’s accept that change starts with each one of us and that we can make a difference doing so.

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