I began an odd practice as of late, where I consciously look to positively touch the lives of 5 people a day. There is no science to it, but it seems that I focus on going that extra mile, listening more intently and saying kind things. It is so easy to be judgmental and look to the negative, but I am retraining my brain and behavior to have a gentle inner world.
The greatest challenge I find with this intention is making sure that the 6th person I add to the blessing list is myself. As givers it is in our nature to love others at the expense of ourselves. I have started to ask myself clear questions to define how I wish my days would progress, so that I can align my actions accordingly. Life is getting crowded again as it always does with research paper submission time and product development for nonprofit collaboration coming to a close.
I tend to add so many more things to my plate then I should, but ‘how do we know we can’t handle it if we do not try’. I wish I could just sit back and save my energy, but for me saving energy turns into stale emotion and thoughts twirling to insanity. It is in my action that I can convert such matter into exciting possibilities. I don’t take things so seriously these days and allow myself to follow a trail to the pot of gold in experiences. I drink life to the last drop. Not sure why I do, but I don’t ever want to stop.