As we enter the holiday season, most of us will be spending time with family. Sometimes it can be challenging to be around family. Because of that, I wanted to share a story that I learned about Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
Ginsberg was asked by a reporter about some of the best advice she had ever been given. Ginsberg replied that it was advice given to her by her savvy mother-in-law on her wedding day:
“In every good marriage, it sometimes helps to be a little deaf.”
This quote is not only true in marriage and family relationships, but also in the workplace and everyday life, too! Words are powerless without your reaction. Every day, we have countless opportunities to be offended by family, friends, and co-workers. And we can be offended by people we don’t know – the waiter who is having a bad day, the store clerk who appears rude and the barista at our favorite coffee shop who fails to smile and greet you when you enter. When someone makes a snarky remark, there is no need to respond in kind. Instead, be a little deaf and return the offense with kindness and love instead.
Remember, cheerfulness is contagious, but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier. Do you have a story about a time you met offense with kindness? Please share it here and post below!