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Being Thoughtful

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“Full of thought” resides in the word thoughtful. This word is more outward facing than inward. Conveying an attitude towards others rather than describing isolated contemplation. Of consideration, respect, caring, empathy, and concern.

Being thoughtful is a proactive step prior to interacting with others. It involves guessing the state of mind of someone and then letting this perception guide the actions you take.

For example, knowing that someone is home sheltering due to their fear of Covid, sending them a card to say “Hi, I was thinking about you. Hope you are well” is a way of being thoughtful. Of understanding that during their shelter at home they may be lonely. Needing some “cheering up” is being thoughtful that then leads you to either send them a card or simply call them up on the phone.

This concept is not top of mind in all situations. Criticism borders on the opposite of being thoughtful. Never thinking in advance as to what a decision maker was trying to accomplish before judging the outcome. Criticism crowds out the possibility of being thoughtful before responding.

Not doing something because someone else didn’t do something is another example of not being thoughtful. In this case, it is not so much focusing on the intent of the other person. What is important here is the absence of giving any thought to how one’s actions could enhance an interaction regardless of what others are doing.

Being thoughtful can encompass doing something when not asked. Spontaneous and very much appreciated. It has an aspect to it of love but is not as enduring as love itself. Being thoughtful can have great impact yet generally is short-lived.

In the rush of our priorities, responsibilities, and interruptions, being thoughtful is never top of mind but should be. Use it as a tool to make the lives of those around you better. Giving you a chance to experience more of a world you richly deserve and for which others will benefit from during your journey.

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