First impressions count. Usually, we try just a little harder when we know we’ll be around folks who’ve never met us.
Most of us want people to like us, so we’ll do that extra something to ensure making a good first impression. We’ll put on a happy face, maybe run a hand across our hair to replace strays.
However, we can make many first impressions on others without being aware that we do. Have you ever really looked at people in other cars you meet on city streets, or while waiting in traffic? Especially drivers without passengers.
How many look like they’re enjoying the day? What sour expressions decorate some of their faces!
Sure, they’re all alone in their cars, you say, so let them have their privacy. Okay, but we do look at each other. Wouldn’t we rather view a pleasant face than a grouchy one?
Before we become too amused or too critical with our people-watching, have we looked at ourselves in our own rearview mirror? I find room for improvement when I do.
We’re all a walking billboard. What attitudes do we advertise? Impressions we make result from our facial expressions and voice just as much as from the clothes we choose.
All our words, attitudes, smiles, or frowns start in the heart. The Bible teaches that the heart “is the wellspring of life.” Diligence is necessary in the housekeeping of our heart, because what starts from within affects all aspects of our life.
First impressions are lasting and, good or bad, they’re hard to overcome. My daddy used to tell me, “When you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.” Try it. See what usually happens.
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