Spreading Your Light

I’ve been visiting a site called DailyOM and they are always posting the best insights, usually by Madisyn Taylor. I have been sharing them with my friends and decided I should share them here as well, respectfully.

Today’s DailyOM is about Spreading Your Light:

We unconsciously absorb each other’s energy, adopting the temperament of those with whom we share close quarters, and find ourselves changed after the briefest encounters. Everything we do or say has the potential to affect not only the individuals we live, work, and play with but also those we’ve just met. Though we may never know the impact we have had or the scope of our influence, accepting & understanding that our attitudes & choices will affect others can help us remember to conduct ourselves with grace at all times. When we seek always to be friendly, helpful & responsive, we effortlessly create an atmosphere around ourselves that is both uplifting & inspiring.

Most people rarely give thought to the effect they have had or will have on others. When we take a few moments to contemplate how our individual modes of being affect the people we spend time with each day, we come one step closer to seeing ourselves through the eyes of others. By asking ourselves whether those we encounter walk away feeling appreciated, respected, and liked, we can heighten our awareness of the effect we ultimately have. Something as simple as a smile given freely can temporarily brighten a person’s entire world. Our value-driven conduct may inspire others to consider whether their own lives are reflective of their values. A word of advice can help others see life in an entirely new fashion. And small gestures of kindness can even prove to those embittered by the world that goodness still exists. By simply being ourselves, we influence other’s lives in both subtle & life-altering ways.

To ensure that the effect we have is positive, we must strive to stay true to ourselves while realizing that it is the demeanor we project & not the quality of our wondrous inner landscapes that people see. Thus, as we interact with others, how we behave can be as important as who we are. If we project our passion for life, our warmth, and our tolerance in our facial features, voice, and choice of words, every person who enters our circle of influence will leave our presence feeling at peace with themselves & with us. You never know whose life you are affecting, big or small. Try to remember this as you go out into the world each day.

– Madisyn Taylor

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