I stood behind a woman in line the other day, she looked very pretty but acted very ugly. She was rude, short and condescending to the clerk who was trying to help her.
Now I don’t know her story, so I can’t, well I least I shouldn’t, judge what she did but it did remind my of an ancient Hindi word Genshai. Genshai means “never treating others in a way to make them feel small” or in other words, holding all people in their excellence… including yourself.
I always find that when we try to make someone look small, we only serve to do that very thing to ourselves. It’s not flattering at all.
As simple as holding a door open, saying thank you, making eye contact, smiling at a stranger, living Genshai is a reflection of how you view yourself and how you live your life.
Whether it’s treating service personal kindly, acknowledging someone on the street, giving people the benefit of the doubt or loving ourselves by using kind word words, gentle thoughts and forgiveness, a life lived with Genshai, is a life well lived.
This week Emmy award winning television producer Paula Rizzo joined me on the Your Life, Unlimited radio show. She’s also the author of Listful Thinking: Using Lists to be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less Stressed and along with Richard Lannon, author of the soon to be published book Set for Success – we had a great discussion about productivity and success.
You can enjoy the whole show here and Paula’s guest blog post below…
Stephanie Staples, CSP* is the author of When Enlightening Strikes – Creating a Mindset for Uncommon Success, an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, and the recipient of the 2014 Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur Award for Contributions to Community. Stephanie empowers audiences & clients across North America to bring their ‘A’ game to work and to life. Stephanie has a special interest in working with and empowering nurses and healthcare providers. She happily calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home. You can get loads of complimentary resources to help with issues such as work/life balance, wellness, stress management and happiness in general, as well as find out more information about her coaching and speaking services at http://www.YourLifeUnlimited.ca.
* Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), conferred by the National Speakers Association is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform proficiency. Less than 10 percent of speakers have earned this credential and are recognized as some of the best in their fields. Stephanie was one of only five professional speakers in Canada (and the only woman) to attain this designation in 2013.