“Being nice” in the work place: What? Are you kidding? Is this something new? We’re expected to do our job, a fair pay for a fair job done….and now, we’re expected to be nice too. W-O-W.
Kidding aside…I’m involved in a weekly Bible Study Group, and this particular fellow has never paid any attention to me, or I to him. We sit on opposite sides of the room, he comes in late, and I leave early. That said; one morning, when I came in, he was already there (early for a change), and I stopped, shook hands, and began to tell him about someone whom I had heard on the radio who had called in to the radio show, and was complimenting his business and shared the details of that compliment. He was clearly pleased with my taking the time to share this with him.
Ever since then, we speak more often, but more importantly; we make an concerted effort to have periodic eye contact, exchange nods and smiles often, and when close enough; engage in conversation.
The point is: My new friend and I, are “seizing the opportunity” to be friendly and polite; and sometimes that extra effort will dramatically change the circumstance from “passive acceptance to aggressive friendship.” While “being nice” to someone is a special gift from God, given to all of mankind……there are some of us (me included), who are given a “smaller share of that gift,” and are often thought of being “un-friendly.”
It’s not that we are un-friendly, “on purpose,” we just have to make a special, more conscious, effort to be friendly. One might consider that “special effort” as a compliment…..because it is. Being NICE is not that hard; but for “some of us,” it takes a tad bit more “effort.”
There is also an added benefit, too, which is …. It brings “more joy” into one’s day. And, JOY is another Gift from God; and one that we should recognize… and be thankful for. Thank you God, for bringing JOY into my life.
Joy comes when we have a clear direction, or purpose, in our life. David tells us in Psalm 16:11 – You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Jesus also said in Matthew 13:44 – “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.”
Do you have a hidden, or buried treasure? What is the path of life that God has chosen for you? ….Blessings….cjlb…9/3/15.