A Warm Welcome

When you welcome someone new into your world, be it at work, home or at play, you have the option as to which impressions you weight most heavily. It is often assumed that this process of “sizing up” is automatic, but in reality it is nothing more than a habit developed over time, out of self-preservation or self-promotion.

The way you prioritize these impressions will tell you a lot about the way you view yourself. Those who tend to weight the negative impressions most heavily likely have not come to terms with their own true, inner value. Whether they suffer from low self-esteem or have an inflated sense of self matters little, for both tend to view the world around them through a distorted lens. The former tend to do so more out of self-preservation, while the latter tend to do so for reasons of self-promotion.

Instead of sizing others up, look instead to identify the wonderful qualities in them. These qualities might either be in full flower or in seed form. In either case, honor those you meet with a generous and welcoming spirit. While you’re at it, do the same for people you’ve known for years. You might be surprised by what you see!

3 thoughts on “A Warm Welcome

  • The bottom line seems to be as ever; my lens to view everything begins with what is contained in my heart. Not being the Omnipotent one we have to respectfully refrain from treating others as if we know their worth and the value of their hearts. We might be entertaining angels unaware…it’s happened!

  • “Instead of sizing others up, look instead to identify the wonderful qualities in them. These qualities might either be in full flower or in seed form.” This should be mantra to live by. Thank you Gregg!

  • A very memorable highlight in my life was when I was generously welcomed by another. It seemed that person immediately connected to an inner value of myself that I was even unaware of at the time. For me it was a significant life changing event. Your words today reaffirm how I can provide a life changing event by the simplicity of warmly and generously welcoming those in my world. Our lives can make a difference!

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