A couple of days ago, someone posted a link to the video below. It’s terrible that it took me so long to get to it, but when I saw it was 16 minutes long I just said to myself that it could wait until I had time for it.

When I watched it I loved it. The video is titled “Validation”, and if you watch it you’ll love it, I promise you. It made me think of how most of us go through our days interacting with people who we sometimes see aren’t having a great go of it. But we take care of our business and move on. Sometimes it’s people we know, people in the workplace, people we see at social events, and we just want to get beyond them.

I know why that is. It’s because we’re afraid of those folks bringing us down. When I was an every day manager I could walk into the office and know when the mood was bad, and sometimes I let it impact me. Sometimes I would try to track down who it might be that was distressed to see if I could offer some assistance, but most of the time I let it go because I didn’t want to intrude.

However, when I think about it, when I went to visit my peers about something and they were down, I almost always took some time to listen to them and try to help them feel validated to improve their day. Sure, I’ll admit that it also ended up helping me with the issue I came to see them with, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with taking care of yourself by making someone else feel good. I’ll be selfish in that regard if need be.

Anyway, here’s the video, and I hope you watch it, like it, then tell me your thoughts about it.