Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Respond with a Blessing: A challenge.

For the next few days, let's try to honor Mothers' Day by doing something my grandma Norma was really good at.  Responding with a blessing. 

When someone does you wrong, insults you, challenges your ideas, minimizes your perspective, ignores your contribution, don't just turn the other cheek and ignore it.  Take the extra step to respond with a blessing.  Go out of your way to do something nice or thoughtful for the person who is being rough on you.  It sounds crazy, I know.  We want to get even.   To be heard.  To convince others of our ideas.  But sometimes, if we lay those agendas aside, and respond with a blessing, we open up new pathways in our relationships that allow us all to move on and heal.  Plus, it just feels good to do the right thing. 

I've tried this with coworkers, friends, family members, and even clients sometimes.  And the funny thing is, that responding with a blessing (or killing them with kindness) seems so unnatural at first, but after a while, it starts being a new little challenge along the way in my happiness project, and it's very rewarding when I'm able to do it. 

How can you respond with a blessing to someone who's done you wrong?

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