Each day we come into contact with many people. With each encounter, we have a choice. We can be honest and caring with this person or we can be dishonest and uncaring. Alright, there are many more choices that can be made, but many of them come back to these two. As you go about your day today, I sincerely hope that the people you come into contact with will leave you knowing that you have been honest and caring.
If we strive to treat others with honesty and care, we may not have that same sentiment returned. At times as I go through my day, I see someone that tries to make me believe that they are being honest and caring but truthfully, they are being less than fully honest and they are actually being concerned with their own needs more than they are caring how their words or actions can hurt others. If you do this to someone, don't fool yourself. They may act like they don't know and let you by with it for years, but they do know. They just simply refuse to admit it at the time.
They may even choose to treat those that are less than completely honest with them with honesty and care. No, they aren't doing this to be a doormat for you to keep wiping your feet on. They are doing it because they truly care about others. They may even be doing it because they hope that the people that are doing this will see their true worth and change their actions towards others.
Eventually, even the most caring of people will get tired of being that doormat for the same person and they will move on. They may try to be a good example to others for awhile but the day will come when they see that their efforts are going unnoticed. When that happens, they realize that enough is enough. It may mean simply that they put distance between them and the person that has been less than honest or caring less than they should. When they do, the person they are distancing themselves from may not even realize the true extinct of what they have lost.
The important thing is that the caring individual has remained honest and caring in their actions with others. It is my hope that they remain the same caring person as they go about their day and do not let the past hurts over shadow their interactions with others.
Life is too short to waste time dealing with those that are less than honest and caring with others. As you go through your day today, stop and think about how you are treating those that you come into contact with. Ask yourself whether you are treating each person with honesty and care? Are they treating you with honesty? Have you done everything that you can to treat others with care? Have you been honest with this person that you are dealing with? Is there someone in your life that the time has come to distance yourself from? Or is it time that some of the people you deal with distance themselves from you? As you go about your day, consider your interactions and strive to be the best you can be.