Find one thing you are thankful for about each person you meet over the next few days.
Are there people you are NOT looking forward to seeing? Maybe it’s know-it-all cousin Dennis who tells you the route you should have driven to your mother’s house. What about the cranky checkout girl at the grocery store? I mean, it’s Thanksgiving. Couldn’t she be nice?
When someone irritates me, I try to remember this: God loves them too.
I know God loves me. But them? They’re so…
Yes, them. God loves them as much as he loves me and you. And if God wants the best for them (like he does for us), we should help. We should see them the way God might.
Cousin Dennis has trouble connecting with people, so he always starts with the NJ Turnpike. Thank God that he is willing to talk to anyone and everyone, including crazy, deaf Grampa Joe. Aside from traffic, ask about his life. You might learn something. What was the most unusual job he ever had? What’s his favorite memory of your grandfather?
That girl at the checkout — how many rude customers has she seen today? Maybe she has a meal to prepare herself, and worries about having enough for her family at the traditional Thanksgiving ‘feast.’ Your smile or kind word might lift her mood. It’s worth a try. If nothing works, pray for her.
The magic of this challenge is that it’s not about the people you meet. It’s all about you. The better you are to others, the better you’ll feel, and the better others are to you in return. Like a good karma sort of thing.
Take the challenge. Let me know how it goes!