What message do you share?
We all do that. By our very lives, we share a message. Most often, we may not realize that is what we are doing. As we go about our day to day, it may never dawn on us that others are watching. If we did, maybe we would pay more attention to our words and actions.
It is easy to play nice when everything is going our way. There was no one ahead of us at the drive through. The weather is exactly how we prefer. Our coffee was the right temperature. No one got in our way on the roadway. Under the perfect conditions, it is easy to smile, be friendly and polite.
If you hurry into a store of any sort and for what ever reason it appears that everyone in the county and possibly a few from a few counties over are there, can you be the same? How do you act, when you are in a hurry and come up on people chatting, blocking your path? How do you act, when there is someone standing directly in front of the item you need, effectively blocking access? How do you act, when the check out lines stretch long and slow? Your words and actions send the message of who, what and how you are.
If you are driving and traffic is hectic, drivers jumping lanes, slowing for no apparent reason, cutting in front of you, slowing you down. How do you react? Do you allow the actions of others, to bring out a bad reaction in you? Or are you able to shrug it off, as frustrating as it may be?
What do you do, should someone approach you, obviously homeless, probably hungry? Do you brush them off, do you try to help?
The possibilities are endless. Especially with the current situation. Many are stressed, many are struggling, many are simply seeking to survive.We have no idea the storms others around us are dealing with. How we act around them sends an important message. We can be a calming, healing voice or one that makes things worse. We can, should we choose, control our actions and reactions. We can should we choose, control our words and tones. Body language does matter.
Yes, we can send a message of love, compassion, peace, hope and more, simply by our actions and attitude.