Friday, November 03, 2006

At work, no pictures

So usually over my lunch hour I go to the gym and work out....Today I attempted that, but got in the locker room and realized that I had no shoes. Not a terribly unusual occurence sad to say. Anyway, didn't have time to go and get them so here I am feeling like an exercise loser sitting at my desk at work. Combine that with all the Halloween candy I have been stealing from my children and I have not had a very good nutrition/exercise week. Also made a terrible for you dish last night that was pretty tasty...a mashed potato/cheese/sausage concoction, homemade brownies, etc.

Anyway, here is something that came to my email inbox a few days ago. Comes from a site called Thought it was a good thing:

November 1, 2006
Spreading Your Light
How You Affect Others Daily
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.

That's all for now, have a good day! =).


Anonymous said...

It is me! Your first wife, Jeannette!

I absolutely agree with you there, and it is nicely put.

Love you, as always

shannon said...

great email.
i hear ya on having a no good exercise/food week! ;o)

cld said...

I like your e-mail today. I will print it out and read it over again. Very deep and very true.