Thoughtful Tuesday

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Philippians 2:3

Do you think of others first? Do you take the time to think about how your actions will impact those around you before you act? Our daily lives get busy, and we are often in a hurry to get things done. So, taking the time to think of others is a step that often gets forgotten.

As we start our day most of our thoughts are focused on all the things we must get done or that will affect us rather than others. Things like we have to take the trash out, we must leave by 7:15 am or we will be late, or if the weather is bad, I hope I can get a parking up close, and /or I hope traffic isn’t slow because I can’t be late. Although these thoughts are normal and we all have them, it would benefit us and others to allow ourselves a little extra time and take a minute or two to think about those around us.

When it is raining, do you take the closest spot because you don’t want to get wet? Or do you think, I am able to walk further, without difficulty, and I have an umbrella? Nope, most people take the closest parking. But why not leave the spot for people who can really use it like the person who uses a cane, walker, or wheelchair? Wet weather makes getting around more difficult for those with deficits. Not only do they have the deficit to contend with but when it is wet, it also creates unsafe conditions making it easier for them to have slip and fall.

Something else to consider for those with large vehicles, when you park you do you do so with your front and/or back-end impeding the walkway? For those with deficits it creates unsafe situations. For example, they now have to travel via the street/parking lot and are at risk of not being seen by other drivers. It also impedes their ability to access business(es) easily often causing them to have to find another way into the building.

Our children and spouses would also reap the benefits and have much more productive days. When we start our day thinking about others, it gives us a better perspective allowing for decisions to be done with love and understanding. In turn, our family then feels more relaxed and upbeat allowing for everyone to have a great start to their day. This translates into more productive interactions with our classmates, coworkers, teachers, and other people we meet.

So, when we take the time to stop and think of others before ourselves, we create a more cohesive and caring environment for everyone. It allows for better interactions with our families and others. It helps us be more considerate and giving. So, on this Thoughtful Tuesday please take the time to think of others before yourself and create a more productive and positive environment for everyone.

Published by Denise Rogers

I am a wife, mother, stepmother and grandmother who enjoys spending time with family and friends, crafting, gardening, and I am learning to live with being disabled. In 2017, after my 8th thoracic spinal surgery, I lost all feeling from the waist down as well as losing my proprioception on the right side. This has made it difficult to stand without assistive devices and made it, so I am having to relearn to walk. Plus, I have another uncommon condition called Chiari Malformation Type 1 which also creates balance issues as well as many other health issues. Because of the Chiari and the spinal cord injury, I have been left with severe nerve damage which causes a great deal of pain (5 and greater on pain scale) as well as spasticity, muscle spasms, and allodynia (burning) in various areas of my body. I have endured 8 surgeries on my Thoracic Spine and will probably need more as the drain that was placed will eventually clog and require replacement. Currently, I have a spinal to pleural cavity shunt, which drains the CSF from my arachnoid cysts into my pleural cavity. Professionally, I am a retired Health Care Professional with over 26 years of experience. I have worked in the Public Health realm as well as in Long Term Care and Acute Care. I have a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work. It is my hope that through sharing my personal trials, experiences, and triumphs that I can help others keep moving forward. No matter what life throws at us we can always tell a better story. I know that God is with me and because of this anything is possible. His promise to be by my side every step of the way helps me to keep pushing on even when there are setbacks.

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