At some point in our lives, we begin to think that it is our job to set others right. This may have started at 30, 45, or 6 years old. We think that our knowledge, our experiences, and our confidence is best for everyone when really, our thoughts don’t pertain to their lives. But since we think we know what is right, we have no difficulty sharing this important information with any who will listen. And let’s just call this what it really is: arrogance. You don’t have to be overly cocky; benevolent arrogance is still arrogance.
So I challenge you this next week as you are surrounded by family. Stop and listen. Before you speak, before offering any advice, before sharing a similar story, stop and listen. Not just to the words the person is saying, but the body language and the tone they are using as well. During the holiday season, there are a lot of cries for help in languages that we ignore. There are a lot of times when others feel overlooked, overwhelmed, and under respected. Remember, there are many humans on the same hamster wheel as you, and there are many who need help just like you. We sometimes are in such a habit of being in a rush that we never let those people fully realize their own thoughts before giving them ours.