Humanize Every Situation
Our society provides a lot of opportunities for robotic behavior.
This is commonplace in many service industry hubs, but I seem to notice it the most in air travel.
It's easy to "check out" and go in to robot mode, you see a zillion faces a week, what's the difference from one person to the next, right?
That's one way to do it...
OR you can take the human approach; treat every person as a human being, loved by their family and friends and deserving of respect. This starts with a fundamental belief that all human beings deserve respect and love. This goes for the people who are at work and the people who are patronizing.
Its not necessarily easier to think and behave this way; but I believe if we seek to humanize every situation we are in, we will have greater positive influence, and we will greatly improve other's quality of life.
But we have to have humility for this to work. Humility is thinking of yourself less, and others more. It's difficult to give the people around you more of your respect and attention if you don't have a humble nature.
Here are a few small ways I try to humanize even the smallest interactions (definitely don't do these perfectly).
- Be present in all interactions.
- Assume that others would appreciate a kind gesture.
- Look everyone in the eyes.
- Pick up your trash and even trash that others leave
- Spontaneously buy a strangers coffee or meal.
- Use colloquialisms and mean them. "Good Morning" "Hey Neighbor"
- Ask others how they are doing and mean it.
Its really not that hard, it comes down to caring about people and how they are feeling., and it starts with humility.
Why does this matter? Because if you seek to humanize every situation, it will positively impact everyone's day... Don't think that's hot a huge deal in our culture. Also, I promise you will gain livelihood in these interactions. Be a human, it's literally what you were meant to do.