Do you love a fresh start? A new year, a fresh season? The opportunity to let go of your past mistakes with a fresh perspective and renewed hope?
I love fresh starts. Whether it’s a New Year or a new season, I love the idea of clearing the slate.
Last year was a good year for us. But as Marianne Williamson says, “Becoming who we’re capable of being – regardless of other people’s opinions of us – is part of our responsibility both to ourselves and to God.”
And this responsibility never goes away. It’s a lifelong journey that gets more difficult each time your level up. But as the difficulty increases so does the reward.Becoming who we’re capable of being is our responsibility both to ourselves and to God. - Marianne Williamson Click To Tweet
In last week’s post, I pleaded for America to start treating others with more kindness. I admit that I’m not perfect either. I get angry, hold onto resentment and fail to give love. We’re all a bit broken but blessed with the opportunity to grow.
If you’re like me and want to become a better person this year, you might consider tapping into your inner child.
This idea began sprouting a couple of years ago when I stopped for a quick bite to eat while running errands. As I was eating, with my face buried in my kindle, two moms and their children sat across from me. One of the little boys started smiling at me which eventually turned into a game of peekaboo.
I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great if adults interacted this way. The best case scenario when I’m out and about is that people ignore me. Worst case is that they lose it, like the situation I shared in last week’s post. It’s pretty rare that an adult looks at me and smiles. And if I’m honest, I’m equally at fault.
I know for a fact that adults are capable of being more childlike. I know they can smile, make funny faces and use loving words. Case in point, have you ever been in a room with a baby? Every adult focuses all of their love and attention on this little being who is usually fast asleep.
It’s a great theory, but how can we become more childlike?
A great way to start is by giving compliments. Compliments are non-threatening conversation starters that will make both you and the recipient feel great. Here’s an example from Black Friday weekend.Compliments are non-threatening conversation starters that make you feel great. Click To Tweet
I stopped at Costco on my way home from visiting family. Costco is my least favorite place to shop. If it’s a weekend or holiday, it’s almost unbearable. I couldn’t imagine what the last week was like for the employees.
Later, as I was checking out, I noticed how perfectly the employee was stacking my items in the box. I complimented her and made a dumb joke about how the men just pile it on – “yeah this 12-pound sack of rice will fit nicely on top of these eggs.” She smiled, laughed, and we shared a moment.
As I was waiting to have my receipt checked, I noticed the leggings on the employee checking the carts. They were amazing. They were like fireworks, Christmas, and magic all rolled into one. When it was my turn, I told the woman that I loved her pants and that they’re very festive. She lit up like her pants and said, “thank you. I made them myself.” And went on to tell me a quick story about them.
It’s really that simple to make a connection. I’m pretty sure that small compliment made the last woman’s day. Think of the ripple effect those few sentences created. Think of what would happen if just half of us committed to trying to treat people this way.
Perhaps the answer to becoming a better person is embracing our inner child. If someone is frustrating you, try to see them as a newborn baby. If nothing else, maybe the visual will bring a smile to your face.Perhaps the answer to becoming a better person is embracing our inner child. Click To Tweet
What other lessons can we learn from children to make this world a better place?
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