Think Before You Act/React

Have you ever jumped to a conclusion about a situation before you even experience it? How many time have you thought "wow that wasn't as bad as I thought it would be"? We do the same thing with people all of the time. Within seconds of meeting someone, we form an opinion of that person; although we truly do not know anything about them. Maybe they are having a bad day. Maybe they are completely stressed out and we just caught them at a bad time. We don't know what happen to them seconds before we met or right before they left their house. We just do not have all the facts to form a true and accurate opinion.

The definition of unjust is unfair. What does that mean? For an example: Jumping to conclusions with out having or considering all of the facts. Crucifying an innocent man for a crime he didn't commit, accusing someone with out even seeing evidence. With all that is going on in today's world we all need to be aware of what unjust means. So many are pushing their opinions on us, and when we do not agree with those opinions they become mean or abusive; unfairly forming an opinion about us with out considering the facts behind our differing opinion.

In today's society we often treat people unfairly. We blame each other for another person's actions; we hold on to grudges and we overreact to situations before considering all of the facts. When you meet someone or you are interacting with someone who seems miserable or snippy, smile and treat them with kindness. You do not know why that person is sullen, only that apparently they are having a bad day. This person may have just been scolded for another persons actions but their boss wouldn't listen. Instead of reacting to this person's attitude react with umbrage, react with empathy; consider that the interaction you had with them is may not be typical. Be the example, smile and thank them for their time and wish them a great rest of their day. You never know if your actions will brighten their day a little and help to pull them out of their slump.

We all need to think a little more positive. When we feed into others bad moods or negative attitude we spread that negativity. However, if you take the first step of trying to spread positivity and brighten the day of others we cause a chain reaction. Try this today, when you are interacting with someone or passing by a stranger, smile. I guarantee that they smile back. Smiles are contiguous. Be the reason someone smiles today.

Do not fall victim to the negativity of today's world. Treat others the way that you want to be treated. The way you want others to treat your mom, grandmom, son or daughter. Think before you act or react.



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