For many people, the “shoulds” of life exist because of moralistic or religious factors.
The goal is to be good.
For me, the shoulds exist because of my desire to be a better person.
The goal is to grow.
That’s an essential part of who I am. I don’t want to shut it down or cut it out.
But I hate being bullied by shoulds.
Back to the Productivity Dictionary
a. The act of attending to someone or something, taking notice, turning your inward and outward senses toward in order to perceive and understand.
b. You can have different types of attention.
- Cursory attention (fleeting)
- Demanded attention (obligatory)
- Chosen attention (free, undivided)
When the third type/level of attention becomes intent, full, it is focus.
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Optional, of course, but helpful.
1. Be careful with your Yes.
A yes is an agreement. It’s a contract, and it’s a good idea to be careful – even hesitant – of who and what you attach yourself to in verbal contract. Casual agreement can be construed as you making a commitment when perhaps that’s not what you intend.
I have this rule because I like to make people happy… Continue reading
I was thinking about this idea of respect as the baseline again.
It’s like this:
- Respect is what we owe one another. It’s the basic price we (should) pay for human interaction.
- Kindness is what we give to each other. We can choose to give it or not.
When someone offers you kindness without first giving you respect, it’s insulting.
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Every time I run across this little quote, I love it:
Sometimes people use “respect” to mean “treating someone like a person” and sometimes they use “respect” to mean “treating someone like an authority”
and sometimes people who are used to being treated like an authority say “if you won’t respect me I won’t respect you” and they mean “if you won’t treat me like an authority I won’t… Continue reading