I'm just as guilty as the next person of being oblivious to my surroundings at times. I'm only thinking about myself and not about how my actions could be affecting others.
I think most of us get in our own bubble and get focused on what we are doing. It's not necessarily a negative thing but it can become one when it has a negative effect on others.
Case in point, I currently work in the retail world and we close at 9:00. We have closing responsibilities to complete before we go home. This can take anywhere from 5-30 minutes on average depending on the amount of foot traffic we've had. I can accept a longer closing time when we've had a busy day and evening.
However, last night as the announcement was being made that the store would be closing in five minutes, two customers brought items back to the fitting room to try on. Everyone working handled it like a champ as we had most of our duties completed and we were still able to leave right after those customers left the building.
But it left me thinking, did those two customers have any idea how they affected the people who were working? Not only did it affect the fitting room stylists but also the sales associates on our side of the floor as well as the entire first floor staff as we all leave at the same time. If one department gets done ahead of another, then it's all hands on deck to help out until we are all done. Those two customers had an effect on the 15 employees who were waiting to go home, some of whom had been working nine hours.
My guess is that those two customers had no clue that their actions five minutes before closing time could impact others. They were in their own bubble.
Like I said at the beginning, though, most of us are guilty of doing the very same thing unintentionally. We don't think about how our actions impact others who are on the periphery.
So, here's the challenge. Start noticing how your actions may affect others no matter what environment you're in, whether it's with your loved ones or the strangers you come into contact with when you are in public. We all have the ability to see outside of ourselves. The key is to put it into practice.
In other words, it's time to pop the bubble.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.