In this current pursuit of posting daily writing on my website, Saturday’s will feature a shorter, more concise message to inspire your weekend. As always, I distribute my weekly newsletter, Think About It every Sunday morning, if you’re interested subscribe for free here!
Today’s message is centered on right and wrong action - and the ways in which our choices influence others.
In a conversation with a friend earlier this week, I mentioned a hard lesson that I’ve had to learn this year. Our actions influence other people, for better or worse. From these each decision results primary, secondary, and perhaps even tertiary impact of the people in our lives.
It seems obvious, I know. Of course your actions are about more than just you, but there’s something about the way that life can blind us from reality. Especially at specific stages of the maturation process, we feel the need to put our heads down and work - and in that, we lose sight of the world around us.
“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be One.” – Marcus Aurelius
Fortunately (or unfortunately), this lesson is learned quickly. Begin to live a life of self-centeredness, egotism, and disregard, and it won’t be long before you come crashing back to reality. You’re no more important than the person next to you.
True success isn’t about what you can do for yourself, but what you can do for others.
You will make the mistake outlined above.
At some point, you will disregard the lives of others in favor of your own. You will forget that life is about much more than you. But these moments of misguidedness, ultimately provide the perspective needed to right the ship. The opportunity to reestablish our priorities and begin to make more informed decisions.
Note to Self: A life well-lived is in the presence of others - don’t sacrifice the good life for one of false promise that you are more than that purpose.