There are too many hurting people in today’s world. Depression, loneliness and hopelessness seem to be as widespread as the air we breathe. And time and again, the hurting people do not get help until it’s too late.
Now, we all want to live meaningful lives, don’t we? We all want to leave the world better than we found it. Like Beyoncé put it, we want to be able to say someday, “I was here. I lived, I loved.” But not all of us can end world hunger or come up with some breakthrough scientific discoveries. Nonetheless, each of us can make a positive difference in the lives of the people around us. And that alone will help us to leave the world better than we found it. But to do that we have to learn to value the people in our lives.
How do you learn to cherish people?
Step out of your own head space every once in a while. Forget your personal concerns and worries for a while and think of the people around you. What do they seem concerned or worried about? What are their likes and dislikes? What’s is important for them? What seems to be motivating their behavior?
Let there be a hunger in your heart to understand the people around you, because that’s the first step in learning to value them. Only when you know and understand the people in your life can you make a positive difference by helping to heal their hearts.
Then, when people talk to you, try to listen to them sincerely. If you’re genuinely interested in understanding someone, paying attention to what they have to say should be fairly easy. People want to be heard, so by listening to them sincerely, you will already be showing them the love that can heal.
Go ahead and show people that you have been paying attention to them. Try to respond to whatever appears to be their problem. If it’s within your abilities, give them what they seem to need, whether it’s encouraging words or the company of a friend. If you show people that you know them, you show them that you love them and that may ease the pain in their hearts.
Just like that, you may be making the world a better place.
And as always, cheers to life!