How do other people feel when they are in your presence? Do they feel relaxed, welcomed, and loved? Do they feel uncomfortable? Do they feel like they need to better or improve themselves in some way?
How we make other people feel – isn’t just about them. It’s about us. It’s about who we are as people.
And it says a lot about us.
If someone can’t relax around me, that says something about the kind of image I’m projecting. The same goes if they feel “less than.”
I want to be kind. Loving. Patient. Forgiving. Wise. But more than that, I want others to learn to be kind, loving, patient, forgiving, and wise. I hope that when people are around me, some of what I strive to grow in my own heart and life – will rub off on them.
It doesn’t do me any good to limit character and morals to my own life. I need to pass them on. Spread them around. Teach others by example. So that when I’m gone, there are more people out there to spread good.
I want others to feel better when they leave my presence. I want them to be inspired, motivated, and joyful. I want them to feel loved and accepted right where they are at.
And I hope I can get better and better at that goal.