Gracious Behavior

“Our lives are also fed by kind words and gracious behavior. We are nourished by expressions like “excuse me,” and other such simple courtesies. Our spirits are also richly fed on compliments and praise, nourished by consideration as well as whole wheat bread. Rudeness, the absence of the sacrament of consideration, is but another mark that our time-is-money society is lacking in spirituality, if not also in its enjoyment of life.” ~Ed Hays …

Here we are offered such valuable advice that holds the potential to have a tremendously positive impact on the whole of humanity. Our souls need nourishment… the most obvious of which is consists of spiritual exercise, growth, and renewal. But this also includes our loving interactions with one another, for we need the compassion, love, compliments and praise, and caring concern of our brothers and sisters here on earth. And we each have the ability to give this nourishment to one another every day of our lives.

And Ed hit the nail on the head here… our society has embraced the “time-is-money” mentality. And along with this attitude, comes a lack of consideration for others, a lack of spirituality, and a loss of the enjoyment of life. But this attitude is not life-giving, for it takes away from the love, kindness, compassion, and caring concern we have available to give to others in our life.

Enrich your circle of influence in this world with loving kindness. Tell others how much they mean to you. Share in the joys and sorrows of those around you. It does not require much effort on our part to extend gracious behavior to those around us–kind words, compliments, praise, nourishment, and simple courtesies. Yet doing so has the ability to make a tremendous impact on the their lives, and our lives as well.

Share kind words with everyone you interact with today.

Questions to consider:

How often do you feed the lives of others with kind words and gracious behavior?

Why does doing something like this take effort, practice, and perseverance?

Why is this philosophy of life so difficult for some to embrace?

For further thought:

“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do so with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.” ~Og Mandino

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