For many of you this is the beginning of a work week. Your social interactions become important not just at work but everywhere you go. There is an old saying that goes, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Although that may be true with dogs, you can reinforce some things that you learned in first and second grade that you need to keep practicing all your life that will bring countless rewards.
• Never underestimate the importance of good communication. Share your thoughts and feelings in positive ways. People do not like or listen to negative nay-sayers. Creative helpful and positive critique is always valued. Criticism and negativity just turns people off. Don’t be that person.
• Speak from your heart. Be honest about how you feel and try to understand other people’s point of view. It’s not always easy because we are all basically selfish – just try.
• When you need help – ask. When you ask – be specific. People like to know exactly how they can help or what to help with. People also like to be asked. (They should just notice but they don’t.)
• Offer to help others frequently. If you sense that a friend needs help – offer to help them. If your church is looking for volunteers – volunteer. If your schools need people to help kids by being lunch buddies and mentors… – you get the picture.
• Avoid sarcasm, shame, blame, and name calling. Avoid put downs and crude remarks – they just turn people off. There is no room in our conversations for racial epithets and stereotyping – lose that.
“Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.” Colossians 4:6. Don’t let a bad case of the Mun-days get you off your game. Be a nutritious person – the world needs more of them.