Are you aware of the impact you have on others?
I received a lovely acknowledgement through social media from an incredible woman recently. It began with a quick message and evolved into a brief exchange about the profound difference I had made in her life. I’ve not seen her in many years, we rarely exchange “likes” and yet, I have a connection and fond memories of her. I didn’t have a recollection of what she shared. After our exchange I became keenly aware of two things:
- I move too quickly at times, so much so, I miss the caring acknowledgement people offer;
- When I slow down, I am open and vulnerable to the impact of their appreciation.
This sounds simple and rather understated when I read it; and it is.
Often, the simplest ideas are the most profoundly impactful. When I realize the interactions I’m having may have more permanent or lasting impact for others, though usually not as I recall them, I am more intentional about my communication – both speaking and listening.
I rarely recognize the same moments others do as being impactful. I’m not always present the way they are.
How amazingly the favor is returned when you’re ready for it.