I was in Ireland a couple weeks ago… Throughout every day, Deb and I talked about how nice, friendly and helpful everyone was.
On day 9 it hit me…. The people of Ireland treat people how people should be treated. It was so refreshing.
They’ve found a way to live like every day is Christmas. So it’s possible and helped me step up my game.
Thanks for the reminder and thanks for your dedication to help us all improve.
Brian O’Shaughnessy sent that note to me yesterday in response to the email about starting Christmas early by being a little nicer to everyone.
I’ve always thought of “hospitality” as the Irish people’s super power and his note about how they “treat people how they should be treated” stuck out to me.
What if we were supposed to be this nice all year long and not just on Christmas?
What if generosity was an every day thing?
What if kindness became a minimum expectation?
My trips to Ireland showed me (and Brian) what that might look like….and it looked pretty good.
Being nicer and more hospitable seemed to make the Irish people I interacted with more happy, more full of joy.
They didn’t seem to be getting the short end of the stick….
Reflect on your interactions over the year. Is there room for more niceness? Is it worth taking a chance on moving forward?
PS – Thanks to Brian for being a consistent supporter of me and these emails. He’s been on the list a long time and has every reason to tune me out and move on to reading something better but consistently finds time to encourage me with a nice note here and there.