So you have a New Year’s resolution? I do. And it was inspired in no small measure by my daughter who is resolved to focus in 2012 on “quality, not quantity” and my son whose resolution is less tech and more touch.
This year I’m resolved to change how I think about people – people I know, people I see, and the people I never see but reach through a career in communications.
I resolve to not think of people based on what they do. I don’t agree with the old saying “you are what you eat.” People are much more than their diet. And I’ll dare to challenge Aristotole that a person is “what they do every day.” A person is more than a collection of habits. I resolve not to think of people based on what they have. People are more than rich or poor. They are more than their medical condition or position of authority. I resolve to not define people by what they can do for me. People are more than clients or business partners or even friends.
In business and life it is so easy to think of people as a commodity, a label, a category. The people – and businesses – that I admire and respect most think better than that. They don’t view their customers, neighbors, and friends that way.
So here’s a resolution for 2012.
A resolution to always remember that every person is sacred. And regardless of their habits, possessions or what they can do for me or us … each merits respect, patience, understanding, mercy and love.
Happy New Year.