“There’s something in you that the world needs.” “There’s something in you that the world needs.” “There’s something in you that the world needs.” “There’s something in you that the world needs.”

Thoughtfulness

The best gift you can give yourself and others is that of thoughtfulness. Thoughtfulness by definition is a careful thought and having the wellbeing of others in mind or at heart.  Thoughtfulness has also to do with how we react to what others think, do or say about or to us.

When you are thoughtful toward another person, two things immediately happen.  First you feel good about yourself, and secondly, you give the other person food for thought.  Mother Teresa – founder of missionaries of charity (910-1997) said “thoughtfulness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.  Possibly you encourage others to be thoughtful in their lives and relationships too.  You hardly break a sweat doing it, but it means a whole lot to the other person. Always remember that the little unremembered acts of thoughtfulness and love are the best parts of a persons life.

Thoughtfulness can be learned.  How much time or energy does it take to let a driver merge in front of you in traffic, or the expectant lady have the seat or place in front of you in the bank.  How long do you take to comfort one hurt in the way you best can when in a positon to do so.  “Please”, “am sorry” and ”thank you” are other ways to show thoughtfulness.

Every human being thinks of himself or herself as being thoughtful.  The famous quote by French philosopher, Rene Descartes, “ I think, therefore I am does not mean every human being acts in a thoughtful manner.  Buddhists call it mindfulness, and they insist that being mindful creates a positive impact.  If you don’t believe it, stop and think how bad you feel when you have not acted thoughtfully toward another person either in thought, deeds or words.

Some cases of lacking thoughtfulness involve being careless, in both words and our actions, being judgmental about others, abusive and so on.  Though these actions are borne out of thought, they can hardly be described as acts of thoughtfulness.  In some of us thoughtfulness may be a once in a while affair, like when someone decides to do a good deed for the day.  For others, it is a way of life.  The world would be a much nicer place if we adopted thoughtfulness as a way of life.

I want to be a thoughtful person, because thoughtful people are wonderful. There are simple ways we can purpose to practice to become more thoughtful people in a Godly way

Be other-focused instead of self-focused. Philippians 2:4 says it this way, "Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others." Sometimes the most thoughtful thing we can do for a person is to slow down long enough to listen with our full attention.

 Be observant. Notice what others enjoy and make surreptitious notes for future reference. When the time is right, surprise them with a small gift.

Be intentional. Purpose to do one thoughtful thing every day, then pray and ask God to make you aware of someone who needs such a gesture.

Start small.  Do that one little thoughtful thing Holy Spirit is leading you to do. If you can compose a poem for someone not necessarily those you know, but even strangers, sick people, hurting people, post on social media encouraging messages and you will change the world in your own little way. Always remember that no candle loses its own light by lighting another candle. You lose nothing by being thoughtful of others every day.

It takes determination to think about our impact to other.  The question now is, are you willing to be present in every moment in your life  you will see you can handle situations with more love and compassion than you ever have before – just by settling into your mind with a sense of purpose, not only your reaction.  Always remember thoughtful words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. When you purpose to be thoughtful you will never feel a tinge of regret, for being a little too thoughtful.