The only person you can change is yourself

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When I log on to social media I often see people trying to tell other people what to do.

“You should believe this.”

“You should donate to this.”

”You should do this action.”

“You should buy this product.”

“You should boycott this company.”

“You should cancel that person.”

“You should lose weight.”

“You should exercise more.”

“You should eat better.”

“You should vote this way.”

“You should support this cause.”

If you don’t, you are a bad. Period. End of story.

I don’t know about you but I have a serious resistance to the word “should”. I much prefer the word “could” or a gentle invitation or introduction to a new concept. I don’t respond well to being told I am stupid, immoral, ignorant, clueless, or selfish and I am guessing most other humans no matter what their beliefs also do not respond well to that form of communication.

Someone once suggested to me that when I am saying “you should” to someone else that I do a U-turn and look in the mirror (or in my heart) and figure out what I need to clean up or acknowledge before telling others what they should do.

#blogaday 8/10

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