Have you ever been on the receiving end of a dodge ball?
On top of that, a week ago I was on the throwing end of the dodge ball. I was getting out of my car and saw someone that I knew. I yelled out to the person to say hello. Unfortunately they were less than interested in me at the time, so they completely blew me off. And let me tell you–it didn’t feel very good at all.
This question of whether or not to dodge someone is becoming a problem! Why is it so hard for us to put on a happy face and engage in simple niceties? Perhaps we have become hardened by society. Instead of being fun, spontaneity now throws our plans off schedule. Are we so important that only certain people are worthy of our time and attention? Has it become too draining to be polite?
In my classes, I teach that we should always try to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes — we need to think about perspectives and how people feel. It seems harmless when we are dodging someone, but when we are the ones being avoided, it feels terrible!
I learned my lesson that day. We all could use “The Golden Rule” to:
- Treat others with decency and
- Acknowledge others with a friendly hello and smile.
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