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Without Thinking

The Thinking Man sculpture at Musée Rodin in Paris

The Thinking Man sculpture at Musée Rodin in Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So many people act and speak without thinking.  This happens even more often when emotion is involved.  Speak first; apologize later or do you even apologize.

Closely observe what other people are doing, feeling, and thinking then decide how you are going to respond if at all.  Pay attention to where your own head is at.  If you just spent three hours in a traffic jam, you might be a little annoyed and you might lack patience when dealing with others when you get where you are going.

In an emergency, you might act quickly; but when the situation is taken care of, you might find that you came to the wrong conclusion and did something that you wouldn’t have done if you had not thought that there was an emergency.

When an act or word was well-intentioned and you admit that later it was a mistake and that you wouldn’t have done it if you knew what was going on.

I have observed people who think that they are acting or speaking righteously and spontaneously correct another person’s behavior when they are actually extremely biased and see only what they want to see.  There can always be another part of the story that explains this person’s behavior that they do not know.

Last but not least, don’t let  negative gossip taint your handling of another person in an everyday situation  even if this person has done something wrong.  Should this change how you treat them when you are not directly involved and they are not doing anything wrong at the present moment.  Does this justify being rude?    You don’t necessarily need to be judge and jury.



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