Do people bug you? Do certain people bug you? Do some things people do bug you? Odds are you can’t be around anyone long before something they do probably gets on your nerves or annoys you. No matter how much you love them or respect them, everyone is different. Everyone has their own nuances and quirks.
Instead of letting those traits drive you crazy, what if we just laughed them off and celebrated them? I was reminded about this point recently while conducting a Think Huge workshop for one of my clients. Since one of the think huge principles is “think people” I asked the audience who in their life would they like to spend more time with. One person shared that she wanted to spend more time with her aging mother. She went on to say that her mother calls her every day right after work—even if she was rushing out the door to get her own kids.
“There were times those phone calls would drive me crazy,” she said. “But then I realized there is going to come a day when my mom won’t be able to call and talk or won’t be there to call.” What used to drive her crazy (those redundant phone calls) she now looks forward to as a way to connect with her aging mother.
Think about your own life. Are there family members (wives, husbands, kids, parents, grandparents, etc.) who have annoying habits or who take up much of your time? Instead of seeing them as an annoyance, let’s treasure them.
How about at work? Are there people there who drive you crazy? Next time you encounter them, look at the positives they bring to your organization instead of the negatives. Celebrate your co-workers instead of bringing them down.
We have a choice: we can see the good in people or we can see their annoying faults. Let’s choose to cherish rather than criticize.