Why Do You Treat Me Like That?
Not long ago I was having problems relating to the people close to me. I couldn’t figure out why friends and coworkers were being cordial, but not as warm and friendly as I thought they should be. The more I thought about it, the more it occurred to me that I was the problem. I realized that I was not giving the kind of understanding and compassion to others that I expected from them. I was being impatient and demanding. This attitude carried over to work and my home life. The tasks on my agenda had become more important to me than the people around me.
Ben Franklin said, “If you would be loved, love and be loveable.” After examining the way I was acting, I realized that I was not making myself likeable, let alone loveable.
I made a conscious decision to be more kind and patient with everyone I came in contact with. I started treating coworkers and friends with more understanding and respect. Soon I found that people were being more pleasant to me. As soon as I started treating people the way I wanted to be treated I found that my relationships improved and there was less stress in my life. This was the Golden Rule put into action, and it worked better than I imagined in my wildest dreams.
Are you getting the respect and understanding from the people around you that you feel you deserve? If not, try taking a closer look at how you are treating them. Let me know if you find that changing the way you interface with the people around you helps to improve the way they treat you.