Touching Other People’s Lives (TOPL)
Lately, because I have asked, I have been bombarded with self-help gurus and business coaches and guides in all matters of personal and professional achievement. I am grateful and I ask because I want and do get answers. The tricky part is deciphering what is the right answer for me, to listen through all the noise and to find the synchronicity in life that can guide me on my path.
Through this process this past year I have encountered a lot of changes and guidance in ways I wasn’t expecting but it opened a world, this one and others, that I would not have known how to ask for. A spiritual realm I had yet to unveil within my knowledge base.
But unveil it did and with it a whole lot of head scratching and more question asking followed. I sought advice from the many contacts I am grateful to have in my life, but one day a close friend said, “You have the answers within”. Duh. Simple but so true. It is so much easier to look for somebody else to answer our questions than to trust what lies within.
Upon further conversation with this wise friend, she asked me what would my day look like if I used my gift, whatever that gift may be. My reaction was surprising to me because it seemed so simple. It would be a good life if I touched one person’s life each day. My first reaction was a little depressing thinking I didn’t have loftier goals than this, but upon reflection, which has taken several weeks, what an undertaking it may be.
Could I do this every day? I’m going to try. It’s simple enough that it isn’t a strain on time and resources. As an editor, writer, yogini and runner, it’s easy for me to spend a day by myself. This will get me out and about more, which will also be good for my personal and professional life.
Another wise friend, I am fortunate to have several of them and wiser than myself, queried “When you walk away from someone how do you know if you touched them in the way they may have touched you?” You don’t, everybody’s reality is different, but the truth is, it doesn’t matter. You can’t worry about what the other person feels or thinks as long as you came from a place of good intention, you have no control over their process. What you can ask yourself, and what will have more impact on your life course is how did you feel walking away from this encounter?
So every day I will describe a person and/or encounter (no names for privacy reasons) that I feel I touched their life that day. Not all are going to be “aaaahhhh” moments, some may be uncomfortable but hopefully most will make me smile.
Hopefully this will bring a mindfulness to the day and how we interact with others. I’m excited to see where this will lead as I expect, like many past experiences, it will be full of unexpected happenings. Please add your own comments and experiences of touching other people’s lives in a post below, through Facebook, or through Twitter. *(I had previously stated to use the hashtag #TOPL, but I have to rethink that as it is occasionally used for topless, not what I was intending), or even on Google+, though we can be honest no one will really see it, sorry Google, not yet anyway.
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