An example is leaving a mess for other people to clean up. We have a gumball machine at work. One of my pet peeves is how often I find chewed gum on the floor, or the shelves with the videos. It is incredibly inconsiderate to leave chewed gum around for someone else to deal with. There is simply no excuse and I think most people would agree with me, yet it happens all the time. I was talking to a friend who worked at a retail store.One of her duties was to straighten the dressing rooms. She told me she went in there one day and discovered somebody had gone to the bathroom on the floor. Really? In no reality is that acceptable behavior.
I don’t think the customer is always right. But I do think people should be treated respectfully and with dignity no matter who they are. And I need to be aware that if I leave a pile of clothes on the floor in the dressing room, someone else - who’s back quite likely aches too - will have to pick them up. If I am walking around with a frown on my face and a negative attitude - the people around me tend to frown and think negative thoughts as well. I wish we didn’t have to offer practice and training in how to be considerate of others, but I often think we do. I also think it is a matter of the condition of our hearts.
In Luke 22:37-39 Jesus says, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
It doesn’t matter if I can quote those verses all day long. I have to think about what they say and how to put them into practice in my life. Everything I do is going to affect someone else. And I am supposed to love my neighbor as myself. Rudeness, inconsiderateness, negativity and haughtiness have no place in that formula. I must make myself look at others and see human beings who I am commanded to love. And as hard as it can be, I need to try to find compassion in my heart even for the people I find most despicable or rude. I have to catch myself before my angry, disdainful thoughts run away with me and allow hate to come in.
What I do affects other human beings. I want to be the person who instinctively jumps back outside and opens the door for someone else. Thank you Mr. Customer for a lesson taken to heart.