Saturday, March 14, 2009

Dead by Midnight

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again. ~Og Mandino

I read this quote the other day and started it immediately. The friend I was disappointed in, over something small, when they called me I imagined that if they were to be dead by midnight would that small infraction really matter to me? A resounding NO is what came up. And as they spoke my anger melted away.
As I started to treat everyone as though they would be "dead by midnight" more kindess showed up in more places around me.
The "I don't care" cashier at the CVS. "Dead by midnight." Now I'm extending her a smile and even trying to make her laugh. (She does.)
The "wide-open leg sitter" on the subway, a young tough guy. "Dead by midnight." Would you be willing to let me sit there next to you? Not only does he nod but he moves his legs! A miracle.
The "never smiles" bagel clerk. "Dead by midnight." Would you like some coffee or juice too Miss? In two years I've never heard this man speak to anyone! Only takes the money and nods. WTH?
I found this very powerful. Would you be willing to try it for an hour, a day? Tell me what happens for you.

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