I would argue that a most important task is to interact with individuals who have the capacity for “thoughtfulness.” It’s something we do. We practice it. Or we don’t. I doubt it comes easily to most of us. Thinking about others helps you build substantial, long-lasting relationships that pay dividends over a lifetime. You can be a real blessing to people, which earns the trust and admiration of those whom you care about. For some of us, being thoughtful can turn out to be an ambitious and difficult undertaking. Our culture is many things, but thoughtfulness is rare, and sometimes seems outdated. In a sense, thoughtfulness is out of touch with the times, thus all the more necessary and perhaps even valuable.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; …
We’ll also focus on the power of thought, something we’re big on here. As thoughtful people, in order to do our jobs well, we often have to make the best of the worst. Thought–and how we choose to use it — has the power to take a situation from an insurmountable challenge to an unprecedented opportunity. From how in the world am I supposed to handle this? to I can’t wait to tackle it.
When you are being thoughtful you tend to brainstorm ideas and create a list of things you can do for others. If you never think it – if you don’t open your mind to ideas in the first place, thoughtfulness has no chance of becoming natural for you. Put it on your calendar and mark it as a high priority. This is your life and being there for others is a very important part of it. All you need to do is be thoughtful and extend yourself—make it your highest priority! The good news is that a little effort in this department goes a long way.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
People often say they like my writing even though they disagree with me, and I appreciate that, but the point of my writing is never to get people to agree with me. There is little point in only talking to people who agree with me, what can I learn from them? What can they learn from me?
Expressing gratitude freely, without prompting, is one of the simplest yet most crucial ways to be emotionally generous. It isn’t difficult to let your partner know that he or she matters to you. Physical touch, of course, is an easy and natural way to be emotionally generous. But there are others. Instead of doing what you would want, put yourself in the other persons shoes and ask: What would he or she like? Then do it.
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