Is it fair to treat people how they respond to you? There are somedays when it appears that just about everyone that I encounter is having a bad day or bad days. When the response that I get is a little icy or uncaring my first reaction is to respond to them how they just responded to me, but then I remember who I am and what I stand for.
I can't help but wonder where those thoughts come from of treating people how they respond to me. My perception of the response from others could be totally all the mark. I believe that there is hope for me, because of the work that I have put in to changing how I think. With practice it becomes easy to remind myself to consider that maybe what they are going through has nothing to do with me whatsoever, more likely than not it has nothing to do with me at all. So before responding I smile because I know that what they are going through should not be a reason for me change my attitude and lose my joy.
Instead of allowing their perceived bad day to sour my day, I have made a conscious effort to be a mood changer and to sweeten up their day with my positive upbeat attitude. As a human being with lots of emotions a part of me wonders if I should keep my happiness to myself and be short and uncaring to them like they were to me, but then I reconsider my act of selfishness and smile anyway. I can smile because I understand that if we are not alert and careful the perceived reaction of others can change how we view our day, but that is impossible with a made-up mind. I refuse to treat others how they respond to me. I Will, Will You?