Rejection Versus Appreciation

Respect for you… Respect for me… Respect for everyone we encounter…

No one enjoys confrontation, no one appreciates having their dirty laundry brought in front of the worlds naïve eyes. Despite our fear of the worlds perception of us, that doesn’t change the fact that it exists. So, what would you say if I told you we each suffer from the fear of neglect… we each suffer from the fear of being rejected by friends, family, loved ones, often times even strangers. You could try to deny it, and maybe that’s an honest answer for you. Though I have a feeling that most of us would agree in these fears, we’d agree in the desire to be welcomed by the world and by the ones we often interact with.

Honestly, I have no desire to explain whether I’ve felt neglect or rejection from people in this world. Not because I fear the emotion that could come from addressing it, but because it doesn’t relate to the primary purpose of this post.

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Each and every interaction we have, regardless the relationship to the person, is an opportunity to project the idea of importance and appreciation. Project the idea of importance and appreciation for the person in which we are interacting with.

I’ll explain.

Recently I had the privilege of meeting several remarkable men. The conversations I had with each of these men were of no significance; simply engaging in discussion about life and various topics. I’ve had deeper and more profound conversations with complete strangers. The difference is that these two men made me feel respected and honored through simple conversation; the complete opposite of neglect or rejection.

Which brings me to the point of this post, which is rather obvious and hopefully known by now. Each interaction we have with others in our world is an opportunity for change and impact. The interactions we have are opportunities to change a person’s life for the better and improve their emotions/perspectives on life. Each interaction is a chance to impact others in a positive way, or in a negative way if we fail. Simply treat each person with respect, allowing them to feel as if you genuinely desire their company. When we feel appreciated, our outlook on life will almost certainly improve.

I long for respect and appreciation from the world… though, I’ll never achieve such a dream until I’m willing to give the same respect and appreciation to others.


About Josh Flom

Recently graduated from Bethel University with a Relational Communication degree. Currently looking for a job. View all posts by Josh Flom

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