Time for coffee with a friend, time to say hi on the street,
Time in the grocery store to ask how someone is doing,
Time to listen, and have that five minute conversation, and
Not worry about the to do list, the errands yet to be run.
Is giving someone else the credit, get the award,
Have the idea you had become theirs,
Letting someone work through the process and stumble
When you could do it twice as fast, knowing that they are learning
And will be proud of their accomplishment when the work is done, and to
Know we will all be better off because of that.
Is teaching skills and quietly providing tools
Helping someone grow in confidence and pride
While you stand back, and just coach, mentor, applaud,
Brag about them to others about how they are growing.
Is letting the gossip stop with you, not passing it on,
Not finding something to criticize, or mock, or disparage
And instead, to praise, to applaud, to find the good in something,
And let the flowers bloom in someone else’s yard,
To quietly weed when no one else is looking, and let someone else
Take all the credit.
After all, don’t we just want the flowers to bloom?
Is to keep smiling, to praise, to recognize the good in someone,
To remind yourself that you haven’t walked that mile in someone else’s
Shoes, that you don’t really know all of their story,
And that we are all on a journey
–Neal Lemery 5/16/2017