We all have an impact on those around us. Our spirit emanates from each of us through conversation, physical contact and how we treat each other. Our encounters with others, however brief, can make an impact on lives without us ever knowing.
We have the power in every chance meeting to light a flame in another. Our attitudes, behaviors, comments, and body language accepts or rejects the person with whom we’ve come in contact. We can encourage with kindness or destroy with cruelty.
Children are especially vulnerable to this kind of treatment, whether kind or not. What they see, hear and experience can have affect on how they live the rest of their lives. When treatment is kind and considerate they will learn to be thoughtful and compassionate. On the other hand, when they live with mean and nasty, or vindictiveness or harshness, then this is often how they will live their lives, because it’s what they know.
There are families where warmth, trust, and sharing is intertwined in everything that happens. Other families, like a friend of mine when growing up, was filled with strict rules, requiring complete adherence. The father in the family seemed the most kind, yet the children hardly ever heard “I love you” or felt acceptance, from their mother or father. Usually this lifestyle leaves a child floundering in relationships, afraid to make a commitment of themselves, certain they will be hurt. My friend, however, broke the chains of this “stigma” and became a friendly, outgoing person.
I tend to view people not as strangers, but as friends I haven’t met yet! I enjoy chatting with the person in line in front of me or the passerby on a hiking trail! People respond to kindness! We were born to be with other people, yet there are dividing lines.
There are all kinds of personalities, including extroverts like myself, and the introvert who are usually completely content reading a book or working on a project. But these people still have an inner fire and bright spirit that radiates when they are happy!
I challenge you to first reflect on your own personality. Are you outgoing or not so much? Are you drawn to someone of your own personality or the opposite? Does your inner fire and spirit joyfully spill over into other people’s lives? Kindness, thoughtfulness, the love of life and joy of those around you, can be the exact medicine someone else may need. Share your inner fire! Excite someone else’s spirit! The world is your stage! Make someone smile!