I have been speaking a lot lately — rotary clubs, book clubs, colleges, etc., but it was what I heard recently at one of those events that stuck with me. For a change I listened as well as talked.
The man introducing me reminded everyone that in order to have the most fulfilling, meaningful relationships in our everyday lives, whether it be with our coworkers, family, friends, or our community, we need to try to always be honest, be sincere, and be present.
There is a lot of meat in the words — “be honest, be sincere, and be present.”
To often we are drawn to begin a relationship by holding something back about ourselves, fearful that the relationship won’t continue if we are completely honest, thus beginning with a half-truth that grows to be a whopper over time. Bad idea.
Sincerity is a habit we should all work on in every relationship we have. Ask yourself how you react to sincerity, and work to provide that same emotion you feel to all who enter your life.
Being present is ninety percent of a relationship. Work to spend a lot more time being present for all, but especially for family and friends.
There is much more to be said and meditated upon, but begin by quietly saying to yourself, “be honest, be sincere, and be present.”