How You Affect Others Daily!

01 Nov

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Spreading Your Light

As the pace and fullness of modern life serve to isolate us from one another, the contact we do share becomes vastly more significant. 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 and understanding that our attitudes and choices will affect others can help us remember to conduct ourselves with grace at all times. When we seek always to be friendly, helpful, and responsive, we effortlessly create an atmosphere around ourselves that is both uplifting and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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.



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5 responses to “How You Affect Others Daily!

  1. naturalhigh

    November 2, 2006 at 7:46 am

    A beautiful and moving reminder! It is important to give ourselves inspirational time on a daily basis so that what we pass around is uplifting and empowering to others.

  2. Gracie

    November 2, 2006 at 12:12 pm

    As always, thanks for your kind words. I truly believe our actions do have a ripple effect which is easy to lose sight of in today’s hectic, high tech world.

    Isn’t it amazing how one little smile from a stranger can change a person’s entire mood? It’s the small acts of kindness that often matter the most. 🙂

  3. dragonmommie

    November 2, 2006 at 11:04 pm

    This sounds so much like “Celestine Prophesy”. I do believe that we are affecting people all day long. I am constantly reminded after I hang up on telemarketers! Mostly, I try to look at the big picture and know that people on both sides of the meeting are getting something from it. I try to stay aware, as you said, to be true to myself so that I do not carelessly bruise someone. One big thing that I believe. I believe that with this kind of knowledge, comes responsibility to treat others gently and respectfully.

  4. Gracie

    November 3, 2006 at 7:11 pm

    Those telemarketers can be a real challenge, can’t they? You sound like a very wise woman, thank you.

  5. Suresh Gundappa

    November 6, 2006 at 7:28 am

    Brilliant piece! sometime you can make an impact on people consciously and sometime unconsciously. Childhren create contagious happiness without any incentive. Childlike consciousness is a sure way of creating positive effect on others.


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