TOPL Week 4
Touching Other People’s Lives, because I stated it would be a good life if I touched one person’s life each day. Learn more
Posts are in reverse order with the most current day on top, with the person touched by the event listed first. I’ve received some great feedback to include more details on how I felt from the encounter; the previous post seemed too much like a grocery list to check off and get it done, which is not my intention. This is a growing process for me and I can continue to get better. I will try to expand the experience without taking too much reading time so it can be a quick anecdote and mindful reminder to touch another person’s life today.
Day 28, 1/28/13: blaaaaaaahh…one of those situations where you hope your good intentions comes across in a challenging situation. Being an entrepreneur requires believing in your services and the value added to your client. Stepping down from that does not do the entrepreneur or the client any good. Even when it is unsettling it’s empowering to communicate what is right for you, your business, and importantly your client’s business. Communication skills are important for us all regardless of the situation, personal or professional. Listening and acknowledging the other person’s point of view and valuing their insight helps you grow as a person. This accumulation of experiences makes us who we are today, and applying the knowledge makes us who we can become tomorrow. I wish you all a good night and powerful and enlightening dreams.
Day 27, 1/27/13: a twitter follower; in the dilemma of deciding whether to go against my usual rule of Sunday being a rest day from running, I laid down with the window open to enjoy the beautiful weather. I tweeted “I can close my eyes, feel the breeze come through the window, hear the soft rustle of the curtains and believe it’s summer.” He replied “and now I can too.” A great reminder you never know how you may touch somebody else. Listen to your instinct and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. I had a great nap after that.
Day 26, 1/26/13: my childhood friend, who is going through so much but has such a gift to help so many. The exchange of ideas to step outside of ourselves and give to others is uplifting. Through the darkness comes the light.
What would my day look like if I used my gift, whatever that gift may be?
Day 25, 1/25/13: my son, recovering from his injury but needed me to pick him up from school early. I treated us both to Panera and Orange Leaf yogurt. When we were driving to urgent care yesterday, in the middle of his agony as we drove pass Orange Leaf it was like he had an out of body experience and spoke like nothing else was going on, “Orange Leaf yogurt sounds really good right now.” If he wasn’t in so much pain I would have stopped to get him some. Maybe should have since we were both hungry after being in the care center for a couple of hours.
Day 24, 1/24/13: not sure what to put for this day since I had to rush my son to urgent care, he has a buckle fracture. What I do know is my son was very touched by the nurses and doctor in the office. He has mentioned several times since how nice everybody was there. We both thank you all for your kindness and thoughtfulness in easing his pain.
Day 23, 1/23/13: employee at a store I frequent; even though I was rushing to get home I hadn’t seen her in quite awhile and she seemed excited to catch up. It’s energizing to see someone else’s joy to be listened to and valued.
Day 22, 1/22/13: customer service rep; frustrated with a service provider and I tried to be patient and calm with this lady since I know she has nothing to do with the products or pricing. She appeared new to the job as she was trying to navigate her way through the information. Patience is a virtue and it does no good to be aggressive towards someone else.
The adventure is a mindfulness to be kind and thoughtful to all we know and meet for however amount of time they are in our lives.
Please add your own comments and experiences of touching other people’s lives in a post below or click on the share button to the right to post on other social media outlets.