As I think about my own faith paradigm, one of the values/ideals/principles that stands at the top of my list is the value of humanity. You might even call this an organizing principle, or a paradigm, for me. Well, it’s the goal anyway. I try to be polite and to legitimately care for the people I interact with on a daily basis, not just my friends and family but the people I encounter along the way. Truth be told- I’m better at this with people who aren’t my friends and family. That’s terrible, isn’t it?
There are a couple coffee shops I go to regularly in the area. I try to stop and talk and learn a little bit about the people working in these places. I know their names and they know mine. I try really hard to show people that they’re valuable and worth knowing, even in these passing interactions because it’s a big-picture principle of mine that everyone should know this. Part of this probably stems from the fact that I struggle to feel meaningful or valued. Part of this also stems from my faith convictions.
Do I live out this principle perfectly? Obviously not. The people who see me on a daily basis (Brittany, mom, dad, Linda, etc. etc.) will tell you I don’t. But, I also try to take ownership over the times when I don’t live out this principle because I actually think that is part of showing people you value them. I believe these people would tell you that as well. I hope so, anyway. For all my faults, I’m relatively quick to acknowledge wrongdoing. All this stems from one of my paradigms, which is to value the people I encounter in my life.
What are some of your big-picture ways of thinking/seeing that influence how you make little decisions in your life?