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The Wisdom of Being a Champion of The Human Spirit II

by Ron Roesler 7th May 2024

 

In a world that often rushes to judge and focus on flaws, seeing the positive traits in others is a valuable skill that is often not applied. Recognizing the "gold" in everyone we meet unlocks uplifting opportunities for others and ourselves.

 

At the heart of this is the fundamental belief in every person’s inherent value. It’s about seeing beyond superficial impressions to recognize goodness, strengths, and talents. Doing so is beneficial in personal relationships and professional settings, where the ability to identify and nurture potential can lead to outstanding partnerships.

 

Psychological studies have consistently shown that people are more likely to rise to the occasion when good things are expected. Our positive perceptions enhance the abilities of those around us, affirming their worth and encouraging them to be their best selves. This kindness is reflected in us, building self-esteem and promoting a more optimistic outlook. "If you want to lift yourself, lift someone else." - Booker T. Washington

 

Recognizing the "gold" in others builds trust and strengthens bonds. It creates a supportive environment where people feel valued and understood. This is also important in team settings, where diverse skills and personalities must align towards common goals. Leaders can assemble effective, harmonious, and resilient teams by focusing on each member's strengths.

 

Being a champion of the human spirit encourages a culture of open-mindedness and mutual respect. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be."

 

Cultivating the ability to see the gold usually begins with a shift in mindset, consciously focusing on the inherent good we each possess. This requires suspending judgments and prejudices while approaching interactions with openness and curiosity. Active listening is always essential as it helps uncover the strengths in others, which are often not visible on the surface.

 

Recognizing the potential in others dismantles stereotypes and reduces discrimination, emphasizing individual strengths over-generalized assumptions. We foster a more inclusive and equitable community by valuing the gold in each person we meet.

 

Aside from a specific religion, numerous passages throughout The Bible contain explicit proclamations encouraging us to love, honor, and hearten one another.

 

It's important to remember that finding the “gold” in others is not about ignoring the "coal" or pretending it doesn't exist. Instead, it focuses on the positive aspects we all possess. This perspective honors the human spirit and promotes growth and success. Doing so can be as simple as complimenting what someone is wearing.

 

The benefits of doing so contribute to a significant shift towards positivity. By consistently seeking and seeing the gold in others, we improve our lives and pave the way for a future where people of all stripes are recognized for their intrinsic value.

 

We have many opportunities each day to be “Champions Of The Human Spirit.” While you may already do so, consider strengthening that muscle by simply telling all you interact with today how much you appreciate them for who they are!

 

As usual, I encourage you to share this with others!

Respectfully and with love, Ron

rroesler@whidbey.com

Posted by WhidbeyLocal
7th May 2024 7:39 am.
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