It’s about the people. The ones you’ve learned from, those who have learned from you and the ones you haven’t met.
Do you know who you want in your life in the future? Who is the most impactful person you have yet to meet?
What’s with the crazy questions, I hear you ask!?
The Laws of Attraction say that you can bring what you want into your world with strong use of intention. Who do you want to be in your world?
Even if you don’t believe in what some have said is psuedo-science…what if it’s true that your thoughts can impact your future?
I’m in for believing.
I live in the Northeastern part of the US and operate in the Eastern Time Zone, usually. This year I’ve spent a lot of time outside of that zone.
The travel is great fun for the most part and meeting people from diverse backgrounds and with really different life experiences from mine is a great opportunity to learn and be learned from.
As I travel, and when I’m home and talking to someone far away, almost always the first question asked or answered is, “what time is it there?” We have a need to know what the other person is experiencing.
Or, is it something else?
If we look to get an idea of where our friend is in the world, physically, then why does it seem so challenging to get people to see another’s perspective emotionally, or see things through their eyes?
“What time is it there?” is not the same as “How are you?”. But, is it more like: “I want to be sure I have all of the facts before I say anything stupid,” or “I care about you and want to know what your day is like?”
It’s probably both. Think about it the next time you ask.
It’s not in most of us to first think of others.
Should we actually put others before ourselves?
What if we simply thought of others’ interests in the same way we think of our own…if we valued interests, opinions and perspectives that didn’t mirror ours exactly?
This being outside ourselves takes practice. And, a good practice requires willingness to fail, to test limits and clean up edges.
Instead of starting with, “I/we need to be more empathetic,” how about, I’m going to take a deep breath and see if I can consider another’s perspective one time today.