I have decided for the next 365 I will engaged in a little something I’d like to call – MISSION RECIPROCITY.

In case you’re confused on what the meaning of the word is, here it goes:

  • A reciprocal condition or relationship.
  • A mutual or cooperative interchange of favors or privileges, especially the exchange of rights or privileges of trade between nations.
  • This means for next year, I’m going to treat everyone EXACTLY as they’ve treated me. No more…no less.  What I’m wondering is, after a year of being treated in the same way in which you treat other people, will the people affected in my life then feel as though I’m horrible person? And, if they think I’m horrible for treating them the way they treat me – what does that really say about the way they TREAT people?

    Conditions of my social experiment:

    1. I will NOT do this at work. I just believe those relationships contribute to my and my husband’s livelihood and I will not jeopardize that for a social experiment. 
    2. I will NOT do this in any avenue that affects money, e.g. I’m not going to get snippy with the customer service rep at the bank who gives me less than stellar customer service – she knows all of my information!!?!
    3. I will NOT do this with anyone I’m just meeting. You just never know what someone is going through…

    So that’s it. It’s just going to be a year of responding to people with the same measure of friendliness that’s extended to me. I’m swiching it up from the platinum rule (which I operate by) “Treat others the way they want to be treated.”
    to the Sow and Reap rule – what you sow is what you get.

    I will blog about it for the next year (if I can last that long, lol) and we’ll see what happens.  Just like my dear friend told me, “You should do mission reciprocity. Blog about it and maybe you’ll get on Oprah!” Hmmm – maybe I will!