“…I say this, because I’ve spent a lifetime of being a tad-bit too stoic….”

Have you ever noticed how some people are so nice that sweetness just drips from their mouth?  There’s a fellow who sits behind me in Church, that when he greets me, and others, you can see that he genuinely means well, and is glad to see you.  Some others just stick out their hand and while shaking your hand, are looking across the aisle at someone else, and never a word comes out of their mouth.  They don’t seem too genuine, much less sincere.  Too often, our co-workers, and even bosses, hardly acknowledge us, and then only when then absolutely have to.  When someone doesn’t look me in the eyes when talking to me, I know they are not genuine, or were never taught good manners, or both.  I know that there are times, and certain conditions, that make it very difficult to give “genuine attention” to everyone, but when there is time, and circumstances permit… then, always, apply the Golden Rule.  This type of characteristic is necessary in all phases of life; be it at home, at work, in social environments, or in Church.  We NEED to be sincere, genuine, and display positivity at all times.  To do otherwise, would probably stymie your career growth.  I don’t suggest that would should put on a façade.  NO..NO..NO.  Further, if you can’t be sincere…then, you best evaluate yourself… looking for personality flaws, and do something to correct them.  Learn to smile.  If you can’t smile, then you have other issues that need corrective action.  It would be hard to smile at someone, and be rude, or un-attentive at the same time.  I don’t suggest that ALL people who don’t smile, and appear to be un-genuine, are in-fact…unkind, or not genuinely nice and sincere people.  I say this, because I’ve spent a lifetime of being a tad-bit too stoic.  In fact, when I was “young in the business world,” I was sometimes told that I had a face of stone, because I never smiled.  I still have problems with that “defect” even today.  And, I KNOW that I am a sincere person, and try hard to be genuine all the time; but projecting that smile… gets easier in time.  My PROBLEM, and maybe others have the same problem, is that I am so INSTENCE when I’m listening to someone, or observing this or that, that I am oblivious to anyone, or anything else around me.  The thought I want to leave today, is this:  The way we treat people, I believe, is the way we treat God. I DON’T INTEND to be RUDE, or uncaring.  Forgive me Lord, for I am a sinner.  Matthew 7:12 – So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.  …Blessings…cjlb…7/29/14

About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.

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