Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them.
— Norman Vincent Peale
What does it mean to like other people? It means giving respect and attention to their opinions and perspectives on life. It means respecting their feelings, attitudes, and values without passing judgment or trying to control them. Clearly and simply, liking others means letting them be who they are and celebrating their individuality.
Openly expressing fondness for a friend is affirming for both people. Our expressions are gifts that will multiply for us when we’ve been honest and unselfish, free from ulterior motives.
We all want to be liked. And we’ve heard many times that to have a friend, one must be a friend. It’s a formula that takes only a simple decision each time we share with another.
My actions will determine whether I’m liked today.
In God’s Care by Karen Casey. © 1991 by Hazelden Foundation