Are You Practicing Condsideration?

In any healthy relationship, we must consider the other person’s needs.  This is especially true in a family dynamic.  As we are polite and considerate we cultivate better family relationships.

Being considerate is about paying attention to the world and people around you.

Outside your family example: A considerate person is aware there are other people shopping in the store besides themselves.  They make sure while shopping they park their cart to one side or the other so other shoppers can pass by unimpeded.  An inconsiderate person would park their cart right in the middle of the isle so that no one on both sides can pass by to do their own shopping.

In your family example: A considerate family member realizes he is not the only person living in the home.  A parent is taking a nap.  The considerate family member knows this and decides to read a book rather than watching a television show.  This is considerate because they understand the TV/sound might interrupt the family member’s nap time.

Being considerate is not difficult.  Nevertheless, it requires thoughtfulness and effort to understand/anticipate others needs.  When family members have a genuine love and affection for one another, they will make an effort to do whatever it takes to ensure they are meeting each others needs.

As family members practice consideration, a loving environment is created and all feel understood and valued.

A person who is considerate strives to empathize or know another person’s feelings.  They think ahead and anticipate how their own actions will impact others.

Family example:  A family member travels many miles from another state to visit you.  While they are visiting, you receive an invitation from a close friend to come to their house.  You are considerate and realize you can see your friend any time.  You decline your friend’s invitation.  You anticipate/consider it might offend your out of state family members who traveled far to spend time with you.  You value your relationship with this family member and do not want to hurt their feelings.

In this day and age of entitlement, I fear people are practicing consideration less and less.  I see this even more drastically online.  It is a concern of mine.  How can we truly feel connected to our friends and family if we are not considering their needs?  If we are constantly thinking about our own desires, we tend to halt our connections to others.  This begins a snowball effect and can be detrimental to families.  We can prevent this from happening when we teach and practice being considerate.

This week let’s try to be more aware of our thought patterns.  Reevaluate how we are doing when it comes to being considerate on a scale from 1 to 10.

1 – You are constantly assessing your friends and family’s needs

10 –  You only think about your self and don’t care about the people around you

Awareness is the first step to changing yourself.  When you change your thoughts and actions, you end up impacting the people around you for the better.  This cultivates a positive snowball effect rather than a harmful or destructive one.

Our example and actions speak volumes to the ones we love, including our family.

I treasure considerate people,


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