Today we are going to talk about #14 on our list of things we should say more often.
I’ve got barbecue sauce on my shirt too.
Let’s face it, we all spill on our shirt sometimes. When you are the only one in the crowd with a big blob of BBQ sauce on your shirt, you can tend to feel embarrassed and singled out. If there is another person in the crowd with BBQ sauce on their shirt too, you don’t feel so bad.
Obviously, this goes a lot deeper than just spilling on your shirt. We all mess up at times in our lives. It happens to everyone. Sometimes someone coming up to you and telling you “hey, it’s OK, I mess up too sometimes,” can make the person feel so much better.
Our ability to relate to someone and empathize with them can take a bad situation and make it so much more bearable. People don’t want to be excluded. When they mess up, they want people to tell them that it is OK. Just remember, what goes around comes around. There will come a day when you will want someone to relate to you and tell you it is OK when you make a mess of things so you should extend the same courtesy to others.
Our assignment this week is to find at least one person who has found themselves in a sticky situation. When you find that person, go out of your way to make them feel comforted. Let them know that it is not that bad. You have messed up plenty of times too and it will be OK. If you actually find someone who has spilled BBQ sauce on their shirt, spill some on yours too. Then you really can show you understand. BBQ sauce washes out, but the feeling of understanding can last a lifetime.