Has there ever been a time in your life when you have been treated unfairly or in a manner that you would deem to be rude or cruel? For most people, the answer to that question is sure to be a resounding yes. The fact of the matter is that there are plenty of folks out there who seem all too happy and willing to treat others in a way that is simply not right. Yes, these people may learn the error of their ways and change over time, but there are also those who will go their grave behaving poorly until they take their last breath.
It is how we deal with those people that can have an impact on how we treat others. If you are happy in your life, you might well just shrug off the insults and perceived slants, safe in the knowledge that they mean little in the grand scheme of things. For some, though, being treated poorly over a period of time can have a knock-on effect that leaves them feeling jaded and depressed. It may even lead to anger and a change in overall character that leads to that person feeling that it’s fine to start acting in a manner that they once saw as unbecoming.
The reality here is that those who treat others poorly often do so because they have a lack of self-respect. The feeling is that by demeaning others, those folks will be brought down to a similar level. It’s a tactic that occasionally works, but more often than not, everyone ends up feeling bad at the end of the day. Some are better equipped to shake it off and decide that their plan on action will be to make a conscious effort to be kind to the people that they interact with on a daily basis.
We all want to be treated with respect and have a sense of dignity, but that only comes when we are able to practice what we preach. ‘Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You’ is a phrase that gets used quite a lot, but how many of you actually live by that credo? Yes, there are going to be times when you lash out or behave poorly, but if you take time to apologize to those that you slighted, you are still essentially working within the framework of those words.
The simple fact of the matter is that you already know how you would like others to treat you, so it should not be that difficult to understand that everyone basically wants the same thing, You cannot expect to be treated with the common decency you feel you deserve if you cannot reciprocate when you interact with others. The big thing to remember here is that you should always behave correctly, even when those around you feel that it’s acceptable not to. You cannot change how people act around you, but you are in total control of how you treat everyone, so always do the right thing.
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