I am so over it — And by “it,” I mean the malicious messiness of the world in which we live.
Lack of boundaries
Lack of filters
Lack of empathy
“My problem is bigger than yours” mindset
This is the short list.
Sadly, there’s no easy answer or single solution for stopping the madness and making the world more tolerable. So, here we are — stuck sucking it up and dealing with the hand dealt us.
In many ways, we add to the insanity without realizing it. How can we stop feeding the beast and fanning the flames?
5 Ways to Make the World a Better Place for You and Others
1. Stop being offended by EVERYTHING.
It seems like more and more people get offended by the smallest of things these days. Yes, there are justifiable instances for calling someone out, but not everyone is out to purposely offend you. Pick your battles, and cut people slack if they have erred unintentionally and harmlessly. That not only shows them grace but also permits you to use your time and energy more productively.
2. Spend less time on social media.
If you think you’re spending too much time on social media platforms, you probably are. Over the past several months, I have dramatically decreased how frequently I visit social media. I’ve also reduced how much time I spend on the platforms when I do check in.
I didn’t do so intentionally. I just became weary of it, so I cut back. Now that I do much less online, I wonder how many hours I wasted when I was more active.
3. Think before you type.
The written word, especially if hastily used when commenting on social media posts, texting, or sending emails, can give the wrong impression when not wielded with care. It may produce unintended undertones or fail to express emotion altogether. Or, if used in the heat of moments of disagreement or frustration, it can create volatility and exacerbate ill feelings.
Before typing, think about what you want to communicate. After typing — before hitting “post comment” or “send” — read what you wrote out loud to assess the tone you’re conveying. Is it harsh? Does it seem dismissive? Is it lacking the empathy you meant to project? If it comes across differently than you intended, revise it until it hits the mark.
4. Give reasons, not excuses.
There are reasons, and there are excuses. Own up to what you will (or won’t) do or have (or haven’t) done — by sharing your reasons, not excuses. Reasons are a product of decisions. They indicate you’re empowered with control rather than at the mercy of the circumstances around you. For example, I could give the excuse of not having enough time to write articles for my blog more regularly. However, I would have the time if I chose to use it that way. My reasons for not writing more frequently are that I have decided to prioritize my paid writing assignments for clients — and I choose to use my remaining time to work out, spend time with family and friends, and take care of responsibilities at home.
5. Don’t be a jerk.
This is self-explanatory, but I’ll elaborate on it anyway.
Wait your turn.
Don’t flip people the bird in traffic.
Don’t make fun of people.
Smile at people.
Say, “Thank you.”
Say, “Excuse me.”
Say, “You’re welcome.”
Say, “I’m sorry.”
Let others have their opinion — even when it doesn’t match yours.
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