We are entering the time of year where things feel extraordinarily…hectic. There’s simply a lot going on. With the added buzz of the holiday season, there’s the push to get everything done before the end of the year, there’s a surge of travel and tourism, and then of course, there’s the regular stress and anxiety of our every day lives.
I’ll never write to you on this site, without taking into consideration just how much we all have to deal with every single day, and just how different all of our life experiences are. I’m just here to propose new ways of thinking, helpful ideas, and theories on how we can all live happier, healthier, more successful, peaceful lives, so what I want to talk to you about today, is most aptly timed due to everything I just outlined above.
In my hometown, we are entering the high season, where we experience an influx of snowbirds and tourists. Our streets go from quiet to jam packed seemingly overnight, and it always, always takes me a little while to adjust to the new change of pace. The vibe of my town feels different with the influx, and to be blunt people get crabby and sometimes even, rude.
There are probably many reasons why this is, but I venture to guess that most people (myself included) struggle to manage change. Whatever the reasons may be, I’ve noticed in my little bubble of the world, there is a lack of consideration for other people. There are a lot of people being too busy, too distracted, too overwhelmed, too overcommitted, too personally absorbed, and too unaware, of how they are treating and impacting the people around them.
I say all of this about my town, not to knock it, but because it’s my lived experience, and I know that this happens in towns all around the world.
What I wish to propose this week, is that we take a moment, to consider being a bit more considerate of one another. If we could start to become more present so that we can have the awareness of how our actions effect and impact others. If we could be more mindful of the energy that we put out into the world, and remember ultimately, that we are all in this life together.
Being considerate of others doesn’t mean being a doormat or a push over, it simply means being kind, thoughtful and understating of other people’s needs, circumstances, and energy. Being considerate means pausing before reacting, breathing before speaking, and understanding before judging.
I write all of this to you not because I believe I’m picture perfect at this practice, because believe me, my buttons have been pushed as of late, and I’ve often wanted to go off on the “pushers” around me. I say this today, as a reminder to myself, and to any of you who resonate with these ideas, that it’s easy to be angry and bitter towards the people around us, especially when we feel like they deserve our ire. It’s a practice to cultivate compassion and empathy, and to be that presence of consideration and care, especially when times feel tough.
Life is hard enough as it is, without us all piling on each other with stress, anxiety, and frustration. We can all peacefully coexist when we remember to be considerate and present to those around us.
I’m making the commitment and setting the intention to be considerate and kind as we close out 2019, I’d love for you all to join me. If you feel called to do so, let me know in the comments, so we can be in this together.
Lots of love to you.
Michelle is Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life's Creative Director and resident writer. She has a degree in Journalism from Indiana University and is also a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and registered yoga teacher with trainings with Anuttara Yoga Shala and Strala Yoga. Michelle has a deep desire to help people find happiness in all areas of their lives, and truly believes the Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life movement will bring lasting change to the world. Michelle splits her time between Florida and New York City and loves connecting with people from all over the world. If you'd like to contact her, she can be reached at email@example.com