“If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” Anonymous
It was a 6:30 am flight, the plane was completely dark and two men began a loud conversation about how much they hated Cleveland. (Mind you, the flight was originating from Cleveland.) As a proud, native Clevelander, it was tough to hear – especially since I couldn’t see them to glare at them or them or tell them to be quiet. I did, however, post an awesome Facebook rant about the experience, in which I noted lots of the reasons why I LOVE my hometown.
Here’s the thing, when you are engaged in conversation in a public place, whether with a friend, colleague or on your cell phone, you have no idea who may be listening. What potential friendships or business connections could have happened, but didn’t because you were, frankly, being a jerk.
Make a point to look for the good – in everything. A daily gratitude practice certainly keeps you in practice and makes finding the positive much easier. And when you’re having a conversation in public, be kind, and respectful. Others are listening.
PS: Right now, take 60 seconds to focus on something for which you are grateful. If you can write it down, fantastic! But just taking the time to acknowledge something good – no matter what it is – will make your day a little brighter.