I have worked with basically the same group of people for nearly 30 years. In that time my co-workers have gotten to know me, my character, and my values. Because they know me, I generally don’t question how I am being received or perceived.
I recently started in a new position, working with several new individuals. I found myself wondering how I’m being received and/or perceived by this new group of people. In the last three months, I’ve been asking my new co-workers their thoughts on my behavior and/or words. Their responses have been positive, and they’ve ascribe the best intentions to my actions. This fact started me wondering why I’ve been so concerned and reflective. I realized that my involvement with new people was causing me to evaluate myself. God tells us that we should:
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. (II Corinthians 13:5-6 KJV).
While it turns out that I didn’t need to worry about how I was being received by my new co-workers, I am thankful that it caused me to take time to examine my words and actions.
Glory To God For All That He Has Done
Blessings – Janice
Associate Certified Coach, ICF