In today’s frenetic world in which we live, how often do we go about the day without being as mindful of the little things? The little things that include what we say (or don’t), tone of voice (or empty uh-huh moments), behaviors that imply we are too busy to make eye contact as we grunt a response…! Yes, I could go on and on as I’m thinking of myself right now – hmmm, did I unintentionally cause someone to feel ignored or unimportant today?
I’m reflecting on an article written in the 1970’s by Mary Rowe, PhD from MIT on the topic she coined “micro-inequities.” Dr. Rowe expounds upon those little, seemingly insignificant moments that can (and often do) have a large impact. No one enjoys feeling dismissed, not listened to, interrupted – almost as though you’re not valuable in the context of the moment. Dr. Rowe then writes about the polar opposite behaviors of those who give “micro-affirmations.” And who doesn’t enjoy (and respond to) recognition!
So what do I recommend to encourage increased mindfulness?
Well, this is just the beginning of the journey and I have my work cut out for me…how about you? Here’s to a more “mindful” 2019!
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