With a nod to Robert Fulghum and his famous book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, I thought I would share my personalized version of lessons learned.
- We were put on this Earth to bless others. It is how we were designed.
- Serve others without expecting anything in return. We don’t always hear accolades or praise in response to our service. Be at peace with the knowledge that you have given your best to someone else.
- Graciously accept gifts of service from others. We all give and we all receive.
- When others explode at you it is rarely about you. It is the culmination of frustrations in their life coming out in your presence.
- Truly engaged and focused listening is one of the greatest gifts you can give another. Put your technology and judgment aside to truly hear others.
- You really haven’t walked a mile in anyone else’s shoes. Remember that and embrace flexible thinking.
- Practice acceptance and appreciation. We are not on this journey to turn others into replicas of ourselves. Name and honor the qualities that make each person before you unique.
- Don’t try to plan and control everything. Some of the greatest blessings come from seizing the moment before you.
- When you are experiencing tension with another, speak kind words to them in your mind or out loud. Those thoughts will bless them and adjust your attitude.
- You can find your “sweet spot of service” in this world if you tune into when you feel most alive.
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