Mannerism to Others as an Opportunity
In all honesty, some days I have zero tolerance to associate with other individuals. It happens to all of us. We need a mental break from the rest of the world and conversation is the last thing on your mind. I’m sorry to break the news, but you have to share this world with about 7.5 billion other people. Chances are, you’re going to experience some interaction day to day. Here lies our decision in the way we conduct ourselves to others.
Humans have the tendency to fall into a world of black and white. We start to view the world in its very literal image as life bears more burdens. A very good friend once told me that we are presented with opportunities every day. The definition of opportunity is “a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.” The world is not an act in which we must play a scripted role. We are presented with circumstances that allow us to write our own story. Furthermore, we have the chance to influence others.
When I was younger, I used to make up quotes. I had the idea that I wanted to condense complex issues into the form of inspiring solutions. From there, I would keep a mental repertoire of “ammo” to help people who I saw were hurting. One of the most impactful quotes (or so I believe) I handled changed the way I started to associate myself with others.
“Days start and days end. The sun rises and the sun falls. People come and people go. But you can always leave an impact.”
If we as humans posses the capability to put a smile on someone’s face, why don’t we? Let’s say you subconsciously knew that by taking 30 seconds out of your day to tell someone they are loved and as a result, save their life, why wouldn’t you? What possible explanation could there be to walk away from that person without giving a little hope to their day? Their life? What if I told you, today you can be someone’s miracle?
Opportunity does not come with a set of instructions. Rather, it’s an ambiguous situation to which you must make the best decision. People can hide pain. You never really do know what’s going on in someone’s life, so the only feasible option is to leave an optimistic impact in your interaction.
The mannerism we experience with others should be that of an opportunity to make an impact. Whether that impact be small or large- I guarantee it has potential to conduct change in a person’s life. Seize opportunity One Day at a Time.
David Halvorson | 31 July 2017 |@dhalvy99