Be Nice on the Way Up

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be able to go outside of your body and just observe your life, see what you look like from a different perspective?

I started thinking about this this morning. Without going into details, I work fr a place where the leadership can best be described as bringing the term “micro-managing” to a whole new level. There is never a kind word to be said, instead they only focus on negative things.  I have to wonder if they even realize they do this, which leads to my opening sentence, if they could see themselves, listen to themselves, what would they think?100_3153

I’ll leave all the management philosophy aside, and whether or not this is effective or not, but if we could do this, see ourselves as others see us. wouldn’t we change? Wouldn’t we try to be better people? Wouldn’t we want to treat others as we would want to be treated?  I remember by father telling me to always be kind to people because you never know who they are. You may meet someone on the street one day and find out the next day that that person is your new boss. You may find you need this person for some reason down the road, say you get angry because someone cuts you off in traffic, and later learn this same person is the loan officer at the bank you are trying t get a mortgage from. You never know.

Another old saying I always remember, although I don’t know where it comes from, “Be nice to people on your way up because you’ll pass them again on the way down.”  We are always quick to judge others, we tend to shoot first and ask questions later, and it usually leads us into trouble.

Bach to my supervisors. Is this how these two people want to be remembered, as people who shoot first and ask questions later? As persons who never have a good word to say about anyone or any thing? Maybe this is just another one of those reasons why the world is in the shape it’s in. We no longer care about others, we put ourselves first and no one else matters. We don’t care who we hurt on the way up, we don’t give of ourselves, we don’t treat other kindly. Is this really the way we should be going?

A great man once said:

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive and you ill be forgiven, give and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” – Luke 6:37 – 38


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