I have been doing a lot of reflection lately on the impacts that we as human have on others. After a very shocking incident I began to reflect on the ways that people have impacted me and ways in which my life has changed because of it. I came to the conclusion that pretty much everyone I have interacted with has had an impact on me, negative or positive, big or little. I have realized how very important it is to be mindful of the impact we as humans hold. How do you want to be remembered? Good or bad? Friendly or rude? Open or closed minded? I’ve been having a hard time wrapping my head around the ways in which individuals have impacted me. It’s actually brought me to tears multiple times over the past few weeks because I am just so grateful to be where I am at in life and surrounded by loving, caring, and supportive friends/family/networks.
Reflecting on this has lead me to question myself though, am I being the person I want to be? Am I treating others the way my higher self intends to? I feel that sometimes I am so content and so connected to my higher self and that I treat those around me exactly how I should. But other times, when I’ve been in class and work for 13 hours and I get home and realize I forgot to get gas and theres a sky high pile of dishes and I’m starving, I don’t. Those are the times when I get cranky, hollow, and take my frustrations out on others. My Ego wins, I get short with people, I get frustrated and annoyed very easily, and I find myself reverting to negative thinking patterns.
I am aware that I do this and I know it’s okay to have ‘off’ days or moments but, I don’t see the purpose in living that way for me. I don’t need to treat others poorly because of how I am feeling. When I think deeply about it, that doesn’t reflect my highest self, so why do I allow myself to interact in those ways?
Every interaction we have can impact lives forever whether we choose to believe it or not. Time is so fragile and people are so dynamic, complex and unique that we really never know the ways in which something we see or do can change our lives. Seriously, it sounds far fetched but really. Think about the moments in your life that have had the greatest impact on you. Sure, some of them were probably huge moments, but others are those small, ‘normal’, day to day interactions that have shifted and guided you to become the person you are or the person you are connecting to.
The people who have impacted me the most weren’t doing anything special or out of the ordinary, they were just being themselves. I challenge you to be mindful of your interactions, keep this idea in mind. Think about who has impacted you the most, write about it, read it over and take note of how you feel. Reflect on your interactions with others. Are they accurate? Is that how you want to portray yourself to others? If not, then what? How do we change that, or is it just a process of give and take? Some days better than others, but because we are humans its okay to be balanced?
Leave me a comment on your thoughts, is it really just give and take? Or should we aim to be the reflection of our highest selves at all times?