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So, you heard me a while ago talking about giving the concept of grace and how to give grace when you just do not feel like it. Well, here I am today to give you an idea of why grace is vital to our well-being. With the way our society has been moving, we think about ourselves quite often. We get mad when someone cuts us off and on the flip side, we believe we have the right to cut some one off in the first place.
It seems like many folks in our society forget to think that they can instantly find themselves on the other side of the street. It doesn't take but a moment to become homeless. It doesn't take but a moment to lose family members. It doesn't take but a moment to realize that everything that you've worked so hard for could be gone. What we often forget to do is put ourselves in somebody else's shoes. The old adage, “treat others how you want to be treated” really has not carried the weight it should in our society. If everybody treated everyone else how they wanted to be treated, we'd have a whole lot more cohesiveness in our society. Sure, I can't guarantee that we won't have serial killers or rapists and all that type of stuff because mental health issues are real and sometimes people are just evil. However, you need to remember, like extending Grace, that everybody has a story. I very often try to push this through to the forefront of people's minds as opposed to the back of their minds. Everybody has a reason for why they do what they do. Of course, that doesn't mean that once you know these reasons it's going to be easy to be around them. It simply means it at least gives you some insight and how you're going to handle them in the future.
Even as a parent, imagine how you would feel if you were the parent of you. How much hovering would you like, how much interjection would you like, overall, how would you like your parents to handle you? Are you somebody who is not a morning person, so maybe when your kid is up in the morning and they don't instantly seem happy or they're a little short? Remember that your children are not going to tell you everything, would you tell your parents everything? Kids should know that you love them and that you are the boss, but they need to know that you are there to foster their well-being even by explaining your point of view and sometimes why you are doing what you do as a parent.
My point is you need to put yourself in somebody else's shoes, you need to think about how your actions are affecting somebody else. True, it's important that you think about your health and your safety you, well-being and your freedom and all the things that garner your well-being and make you a well-rounded individual. However, you cannot, and you should not forget that there are others on this planet, and you have to think of others well beings too. Give of yourself even if it makes you life a little uncomfortable. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes even if they may be a bit big or a bit small, and the least you could do is give a little empathy even when it seems like the opposite thing you should do.
As I mentioned before, I love second hand clothing, so I have been taking time once a week to snap a shot of an outfit mostly put together by going to Goodwill. I have to be good and stop myself from going into Goodwill because I know that I can spend more money than expected. I feel good about what I am not only doing for the environment, but the economy and individuals as well.