The Person Giving You a Hard Time Needs a Hug

The Person Giving You a Hard Time Needs a Hug

A Hug is Needed During the Chaos of Our Current Age

It’s no secret that the past two years have taken an intense hit on everyone, in one way or another.

With increases in job losses, personal and financial responsibility, heightened levels of burnout, and skyrocketing physical/mental health risks– many are left on the brink of a nervous breakdown.

Unless there is someone that decided to opt-out of this chaos, there’s a good chance that most of the people around us need a hug.

Having Compassion for The Actions of Others: Do You Need a Hug?

I have five kids that range from 10 to 16, each roughly a year apart from one another.  When I arrived home last night, I discovered that my youngest, in fifth grade, had gotten in trouble in class. She got in trouble for writing a note to another girl. It basically said, “I don’t want to hang out with you because you cussed at me and I won’t take it.”

On the one hand, I thought “Good for you.” You should stand firm and not take poor treatment from others. On the other hand, I asked her to consider what was going on with the little girl. Something must be compelling her to cuss at people.  I told her, “Next time she cusses at you, just sincerely look at her with a smile.  Extend your arms and ask, `Do you need a hug?

She, of course, said, “Absolutely not, I would never do that.”

But if you think about it, this is what many people need right now considering COVID19.  We have essentially created a separation between people; everyone in our community and even in ourselves.

Showing Appreciation in the Workplace

This has left a gap where many people probably need a hug.  They, most likely, wish that they had someone who would be willing to spend that time with them, and that may be the reason they are acting outside of what’s appropriate.

This is something that may be exhibited in your team, customers, and even in yourself more than you may realize.

This is the reality: if we pay attention to one another, take the time to ask sincere questions, show appreciation for your team, or make the extra effort to give that hug (virtually or in person), that could make all the difference in and outside of your workplace.

In the last couple of years there has been enough separation between us, and what we need to do is close the gap that was created during that time.  Let’s have compassion, take initiative, and show our appreciation for one another.

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