Friday, December 18, 2009

Early resolutions

It's never too early to make a resolution, right? I don't have to wait till New Year's? OK, so, in my continuing quest to "be the change I want to see in the world," and in the spirit of recognizing that I can't change everyone else but I CAN change myself, I have decided to work on my empathy button.

What is your empathy button, you say? So glad you asked. The empathy button is that part of me where I suspend judgment and extend grace. It's that part of me that holds back before I rush to hasty assumptions about people's motives, or what they meant when they said that specific comment that sounded really rude/ignorant/selfish. It's the part of me that doesn't swear at drivers who cut into my lane, and the part that stays calm in the face of a student's frustration, and the part that forgives that snappy clerk at the store. It's also the part of me that sets kind boundaries, that becomes angry at injustice, and the part that speaks up to correct those who need correcting.

Yes, my empathy button needs a little refreshing.

Any early resolutions on your mind?

1 comment:

Nicole said...

Get back into running this year. I said it last year, but I want to follow through this time.