Day 22: Bonus Idea: Consideration

I know I have one more day to go for my challenge but don’t worry, I will post about Family very soon. At this moment in my life I am going through some things and it is inspiring me to write. I just want to quickly post about the small things in life.

My whole life I have been educated and raised to go for the “big picture”. To look ahead of the present and make whatever future I could imagine happen. However, my mind works a bit differently. As I mention in “Day 1: The Start”, my mind appears to me as a group of people around a table (See “Day 21: Shadows of the Past”). These people shape me into the who I am by evaluating the experiences I have had and commanding my mind. I feel so different from most others (besides the crazy idea that a dozen people run my mind) because instead of thinking on a grand scale, it is the small things that mean the most to me.

I am the kind of person that appreciates everything in life for what it is. I don’t judge and I don’t grudge. I am a giver and a hopeless romantic. I believe without the small things that are so often avoided or missed, it is harder to be happy about things. Flowers just to show you care, opening a door for someone, random surprises, or a simple note appeal far more to me than luxurious gifts or praise. I am a simple man with a simple mind (though that will be tough to prove).

Consideration is a top player for me. Consider the feelings of others. Think of how you can make others feel great and act on it. Consider the needs of others. Think of how you can help them need less and act on it. Consider the people in your life. Think of how you can make your experience with them memorable and fun. Act on it. Letting a person know that you care about them would be less of a surprise if you do it often. Life is not about worrying or owing. It is about sharing and caring, loving and living. All the small things in life make up the “big picture”. The small things you fill in life will help paint the future with details and understanding.

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I am very much a “present” thinker. I like to think about the future, in the future. If you are devout you would recognize this passage: “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow brings worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” – Matthew 6:34. The same quote can be taken from Corrie Ten Boom, a WWII hero who said; “Worry does not empty tomorrow of it sorrow. It empties today of its strength.”  What I get from those quotes is that it is not a good idea to spend time worrying about the future. Consider the present and appreciate it. I agree it is smart to plan ahead but thinking in the moment is good for some things too. I am constantly thinking of things that I can do to make the day better for others. I know it has been a good day if I feel I have made someone smile, even if it is only on the inside. I suppose I am a sucker for being polite and kind because I just can’t think there is absolutely no reason to do otherwise. William Gilmore Simms once said: “The only true source of politeness is consideration.” Think about things before doing them. Consider the possibilities and act on the moments where you can spread courtesy and honor.

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~ by Charbie on October 25, 2013.

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