Thinking of Others


I have a hard time thinking of others.

I sometimes interrupt when others are talking, because I don’t really notice that they were talking.

I am just interested in sharing what I was thinking about.

I don’t usually know what to get someone else for their birthday.

I don’t know how to tell what they want.

It’s different with my brother though.

I can always tell what to get him for a present.

He always tells me what he wants.

It would be easier if everyone would be like him.

I’m not sure why they are not allowed to tell me what they want.

What’s the point in having to guess if it’s for them anyway?

I don’t usually know what other people are feeling.

I have practiced this with some of my teachers, but it’s not always as easy as it is in the games we play in Speech or social skills class.

I don’t even know what to ask others when I see them after some time has passed, like my friend, Mickey after summer vacation.

I am actually just glad to see him.

I don’t think about what he has been doing.

I don’t ask him what he has been doing.

If he wanted to tell me, I would listen.

My mom says I need to think of others.

What could I ask them?

What could I do for them?

This seems like a lot of effort.

Can’t they just tell me what they are interested in like I tell them what I’m thinking about?

If they want something, I am happy to do it for them.

They should ask.

Being with other people can be very complicated.

I think of others when they are with me.

I don’t know why I would need to think of them at other times.

They don’t know if I am thinking about them or not.

So, why is it so nice to think of others?

4 thoughts on “Thinking of Others

  1. “What’s the point in having to guess if it’s for them anyway?” This hits home with me because I am so not good at guessing what to get someone as a present.
    I also think that at times people are shy about telling others what they are up to because they don’t want to feel like they are boring the other person. I have always found that people open up a bit if I just ask them. “What’s new?”

  2. I think many of, if we were totally honest and transparent, would admit the same struggles on a daily basis. It sounds good to think of others, but how many of us actually practice it. We may know how to talk the talk, but do we take the time and thought to walk it. I appreciate that your honestly, reflection, and self awareness — that in itself is thinking of others.

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