Be the One Who Cares

Don’t be so quick to judge or explain away someone else’s behavior or attitude. Their reaction, seemingly, toward you may not be directed toward you at all. Take a moment before you develop a negative attitude and think of yourself in that person’s place. Think of reasons you may have reacted the way they did. Have compassion and empathy for them regardless of not knowing their situation. And, smile, a genuine smile.

People can tell a heartfelt smile from an I’m-pretending-to-be-friendly smile. A genuine smile is easy to do. Think of a time when things weren’t going so well for you and you felt bummed out or annoyed or frustrated. You looked around and realized someone was looking at you. He or she smiled at you and it felt as if your load was a little lighter – a genuine smile will have that affect. A genuine smile is a person’s way of showing they care, whether they know you or not. Be the person who smiles, it’s free. Be the one who cares.

Share a story below of a time when you received a genuine smile and how it made you feel.

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The Essence?

Is the sound of birds singing – the sound of birds singing?

Is the changing of the leaves – the color of the changing of the leaves?

Is the glow and radiant sunset – the color symphony of the sun?

Is the freshness of the breeze – from the heat or cool of the day?

Is the warmth of a fire – the warmth from the fire?

Is the touch of a loved one’s hand – a touch from a loved one’s hand?

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What You Say About Yourself vs What Others Say About You

She says she’s a good woman, dedicated, easy going, and friendly. He says he’s a good man, hardworking, a gentleman, caring, and giving. The question is – is that what they say or is that what others say about them? It’s often forgotten that people view you differently than you view yourself. You may be seeing yourself as you want to be. You see yourself as the perfect you. 

I’m reminded of an interview question – ‘what are three words your friends or previous coworkers would use to describe you?’ That answer may be more authentic than asking you how you would describe yourself. No one wants to think badly of themselves and that’s not what this article is about. This is about being honest with yourself – about yourself.  Continue reading What You Say About Yourself vs What Others Say About You

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Heaven’s Throne Room Floor is the Earth’s Atmospheric Ceiling

I was driving home one night and gazed up at the sky while driving over a bridge. It was a clear night and patches of clouds could be seen across the sky. Between the clouds all that could be seen was clear dark blue. I thought about what was on the other side of those clouds, what was beyond the clear dark blue. I thought of the scripture Ezekiel 10:1 (Then I looked, and, behold, in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubims there appeared over them as it were a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne.). Continue reading Heaven’s Throne Room Floor is the Earth’s Atmospheric Ceiling

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Sand or Stone

The following was part of an email sent to me by my father, Gentlebe N. Dunlap II:

Two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey, they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand: TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE.

They kept on walking, until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone: “TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE “. Continue reading Sand or Stone

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