What would you do in this situation: A co-worker you like a great deal is under the gun to finish a project. She’s pretty tense because it’s a big assignment and she’s worried she’ll overlook some important issues in the brief time she has left to complete it. You have your work under control at the moment.
- Volunteer to help her out, knowing she’d never admit her apprehension and ask for assistance?
- Obliviously go about your business, not even thinking to help her.
- Recognize her situation, but never ask to help her. You don’t get paid to do someone else’s work, you think. It’s not your problem.
Many times we’re so wrapped up with ourselves we don’t see what others around us are experiencing.
A man on a crowded train will be sitting in front of an old woman and never offer her his seat.
You’re having dinner with a friend who is distressed about a situation with her son but all you do is talk about your daughter’s new job.
Your friend needs someone to babysit because an emergency came up, but you’ve got to get to the hairdresser and manicurist so you can look tip-top for a dinner engagement.
A former boss asks for a favor you can easily do, but you make up 22 excuses because she can’t do anything for you anymore, so why bother.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. If we all repeated this adage to ourselves every single morning, without fail, we might make more sense out of an increasingly crazy and self-centered world.