Imagine if we all thought of others before ourselves.
In this age of instant gratification, it’s easy to make myself priority number one. After all, I should be happy regardless of how those around me feel, right?
If I don’t like a conversation, I can put on earphones and listen to what I want. If I don’t want to talk to others in the same room, I can do something on my phone and zone them out. If I don’t like the way an event is going, I can leave and go do what I want.
But what if we stopped running from discomfort and embraced it? What if we thought about how we would feel if the situation were reversed and we found ourselves watching others disengage? I don’t know about you, but I’d rather see others put their phones down to make me a priority.
Do I do that when given the chance? Do I give others that courtesy?
You are important. Whether others send that message to you or not, you truly are. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. And you are valuable. And you know what else? You could add a lot to a conversation if you give yourself a chance.
Why are we afraid to be uncomfortable? It’s only when we get that way that we truly grow. How about instead of running from that feeling, we welcome it? Sure, it’s easier said than done. But there’s probably a lesson in there for us.
Christian, wife, mother of 5, breast cancer survivor, marathon finisher, writer and editor, author of "Help! I'm a Science Project"