The face we show others.
I found it helpful to look at why we show the face we do ,to those outside our close friends and family.
The face we show the rest of the world is either the truth or it is a mask…a projection or an extension as ACIM
would say. Sometimes a partial mask, sometimes a full one. Often times it is self respect and respect of others that is the reason for the difference (a positive reason).
When we can look honestly at why there is that difference we can work on it. We can address it. We can look at why the people we love most are the ones we treat with less respect than the person tending a counter at a grocery store or superstore. We can look at why we more quickly forgive their errors most times than we are our own families or ourselves for that matter.
Ask yourself today if when you say hello to your family with as much enthusiasm and happiness as you do someone you recognize on the street. Notice it. One of the biggest contributors to this lack of gratitude and taking those closest to us for granted.
Many have said to me oh, it’s comfort level, i’m comfortable with my family so I can just be myself. If that is yourself, why do you want to portray someone different to the outside world?
Most times it seems the boundary of familiarity takes away politeness, and outward expressions of genuine appreciation and lends itself to taking our families and those close to us for granted.
A great experiment is to respond to your family as you would a friend in public…see what happens… ;D
Think About It
Today I will have as much respect love and gratitude for my family as I would to the person behind the counter or friend I pass on the street. I will look for, in them, every opportunity to say thank you and be grateful. And where there is error in my actions I will correct it.