Put Yourself in Other’s Shoes

Now more than ever, it is important to approach the world and others with a lens of understanding.  While this blog is not intended to be political, it is important for me that the site is not tone-deaf either.

The goal of 52 Weeks of Healthy Habits for Bright Light Living is for everyone to live their best version of themselves. All habits are intended to help us be more physically, mentally, and spiritually healthy. What better way than to follow the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  Sometimes this practice seems hard, especially when others seem so antagonistic, angry, and hateful.

But, here is the thing . . . we do not know what others are going or have gone through. It is only when we take the time to try to understand their side that we achieve civil discourse. It is easy to become angry and filled with hate during this time, which will only hurt ourselves. Anger is a slippery slope that can consume us and actually cause a lot health problems.  Taking peaceful action, however, is more effective.

Instead, put yourself in other’s shoes — walk around in them — imagine how they may be feeling and what led them to feel this way. This will allow you to make a change through your example. People will be more receptive to listening to what you have to say when you come from a place of respect.

And you? You will be healthier — mentally, physically, and spiritually. I promise.

[Every Monday, a new ‘habit’ will be posted as part of my Bright Light Living Healthy Habits series. These ‘Healthy Habits’ encompass habits for the mind, body, spirit, and one’s perspective of life—in order to LIVE BRIGHT.  You may wish to implement the habits each week (if so, I encourage you to download the Healthy Habits Assessment form). Or, the week’s habit can simply serve as a journal prompt or something to ponder.  It’s up to you. I do hope you will check in each week.]


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