Today, I was leaving the bank and as I was hurried across the street to allow a truck to proceed, that very same truck turned in my direction to speak to me. Immediately, I thought it was a guy trying to holla (stupid me) but it was a woman talking about something I can’t recall. So I politely smiled and proceeded to open my car door. She then asked me if she could give me her car. Without giving it a second thought, I declined saying “I’m in a hurry” which I was. When I saw the look on her face, I saw that I disappointed her. I saw that she was hurt by my reaction and although I can’t make everyone happy, she didn’t deserve that. Seconds later, I told her that I will accept her card and apologized for my rudeness. She smiled and told me she was from California and that she was a writer. I took the card and thanked her. As I walked back to my car, she said, “I think you have beautiful skin. You aren’t even wearing make-up. What a blessing!” then drove off!
You see, you never know who GOD puts in your pathway to test you. That person was placed there for a reason. We should always be aware of our surroundings but understand that not everyone is out to hurt us but to bless us. If not with a smile, but maybe a compliment or a business card that could be the start of a new business relationship.
Shout out to Twila Williams, writer, author and speaker. Thank you for your card and I wish you the best in your future endeavors.
Here are a few tips on how to be nice to others below:
Feel good about yourself. You cannot be nice to others without respecting yourself. One of the key tenets of being kind to others is to treat others as you want them to treat you. If you do not respect yourself, you will struggle to treat others with kindness.
Give everyone your undivided attention. The most important aspect of being nice is to give them your time and attention when they are around you. Everyone has been ignored and knows the feeling of not being considered important. When you have the opportunity to give someone your attention it is a great opportunity to be nice.
Prevent your mood from impacting how you treat others. When you are upset or angry it is difficult to be nice to others. You need to recognize when you are in a bad mood and work to keep that mood from affecting how you treat others.