“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou
This past week a beloved American passed away but in her path she left some amazing wisdom for ages. She was an author, a poet and an inspiration for many people who have kept their eyes on personal growth and living meaningful lives. She had an interest in making people feel better about their situations and about themselves. What she helped foster for the people she inspired, was hope.
I think her life can model on a grand scale one of the greatest gifts that we can give to our fellow humans. That is positive feelings. If I am considerate with my thoughts and actions, I can effectively make people feel loved and special as I walk through this world. It comes down to how I present myself in human interactions.
In the course of the day today, I have seen both sides of this theory. On one occasion, I was rushing to get out of a convenience store and placed my things on the counter in front of someone before they put away their wallet, I heard the man say under his breath “get a little patience Sparky” I acted out of impatience, made him feel rushed and he reacted. As a result, I wanted to explain to him that my name was not Sparky, but I refrained. Later in the day, as my life was truly in the flow, I I was able to make someone feel comfortable by just listening to what was troubling them. I didn’t do much, I didn’t say much, but I was able to help someone feel OK.
Throughout a single day I have the ability to effect how so many people feel and if I am more conscious and considerate of others I believe the feelings that I can elicit have a lasting impact on others.
Affirmation: Today is a day where I am going to spread positive feeling.
Call to Action: Take the Maya Angelou’s words to heart. See where you can share a compliment or some kindness to make someone else feel good today. Take time with your personal interactions and see if you can give them a feeling that will make a positive lasting memory.