Everyone has a story from the mail carrier who delivers your mail in the morning to the server who brings you your dinner in the restaurant. The child who acts up at school has a story. The person who cut you off on the freeway has a story. What if you could hear their troubles and know their thoughts? Would you want to know? Would knowing change your perception or reaction to them?
It is human nature to go about our lives focusing on our problems and daily activities. What if we began thinking about the other people around us instead of ourselves some of the time? Instead of pumping your fist at the person who cut you off, you could smile and allow them to have room to go on their way. Instead of giving up on an angry child, maybe you could put a caring hand on the child’s shoulder. Instead of reacting negatively to a person’s action, speak to his or her heart.
A kind word, a smile, or a thoughtful touch goes right to the heart of a person who is hurting. Reaching out to touch someone’s heart takes emotional maturity. You have to be willing to be rejected. If you are emotionally mature you understand that hurting people hurt people and won’t take a negative reaction personal. Just be proud of yourself for trying.
You may think, “I have problems too. I don’t have enough time or energy to worry about other people.” That is the beauty of reaching out to others, soon your problems won’t seem as big anymore. Yes, you still have your troubles to deal with but the good feelings you get from caring about others helps produce feelings of empathy, peace, and perspective in your life.
Speak to someone’s heart today