I must confess that I don't always do this myself. But I'd surely like to try. And that's why I like to read books by inspirational writers. They spur me to become my better self.
here's what suggested the above paragraph: "...ever since my cancer
experience, I enter every meeting with another being saying to myself,
'If I only have this time on Earth with this person, if I may never see
them again, what is it I want or need to ask, to know? What is it I want
or need to say?' I find I come upon others now as if I have just
crossed a desert and each of them is an oasis." This from author and poet Mark Nepo, whose writings always make me think.
Isn't that a lovely image? Each person as an oasis. Each experience as an opportunity.
don't know about you, but I tend to live more as though I have endless
time to do and say what I want. But I don't know that I have more time. I
may have just this current moment. What do I want to ask? To say? How
can I make every moment count? Can I spend my time with others wisely? Can I also do a better job of listening to them?
take this as an invitation, and I'm going to live with these questions
and this idea to see whether I can see others as an oasis, too. It's all about my attitude.