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The High Cost Of Being Nice

You've heard and no doubt been taught the following: Be nice.  It doesn't cost you a thing.  It's great advice and you should be nice.  However, I contend that it's not entirely true.  It does cost to be nice.  I'll prove it.  

Think about a time--if you're honest, you'll think of more than one--that you didn't want to be nice to someone.  Now, that you've got a picture of that person in your head, think about this: why didn't you want to be nice to them?  One more question.  Did you do it anyway?

If you did, it cost you something.  Maybe you had to swallow your pride and help someone you vowed never to help.  Maybe it cost you some time.  Maybe it cost you some money.  Regardless of what led you to it, there have been times that being nice has cost you.  I can think of a few for myself.  I didn't want to do it.  Even told folk that I wasn't going to do it.  And then...I found myself doing it.  Drats!  Foiled again!

See, being nice costs us sometimes.  And that's ok.  In fact, it's a good thing.  As much as we like to think of ourselves as being uber-altruistic and super loving and kind, we're not.  At least not all the time.  Admit it.  At times, you're selfish when you shouldn't be.  I know I am.  It's why being nice costs more, more often than you like to admit.  

Being nice costs, but it also pays pretty well too. 

Because, if you do it with the right spirit and from your heart, you will enjoy it.  Maybe not initially, but gradually, your reticence, hesitance, and flat out defiance will melt away until it's all gone.  And think about how the other person or persons will react and respond to your niceness.  They'll probably beam with joy, thankfulness, and gratefulness and they may have even shed some tears. You might, too.

It's why being nice costs and why it's well worth it.  So, you press on like Lee Nails and do it anyway.  Even if there's no thank you or tears.  You'll feel good, because you'll have blessed someone else. It's good to do the right thing even when there's no earthly credit added to your account.  Besides, God's always watching.  

So as tough as it may be sometimes to be nice: pay the cost and do it.  

After all, someone has been nice to you.

Speaking Life Into Your Existence™ ,




Eric Watts2 Comments