One of the adages of NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming) is that “you can not not communicate”. We are all constantly “on stage”. Like it or not, we are constantly broadcasting our belief systems. Our actions (and inaction), our words (or silence when words should be spoken), our body language, our choice of topics, our tone of voice, all teach our values and reveal our character.
Just like a boat going through water, each of us leaves an “emotional wake” everywhere we go; sometimes ripples, sometimes heavy waves. Are you proud of your emotional presence? Do you leave others the better, the happier, the more relaxed for having met you? Does your emotional presence serve you? Advance you or hinder you? Build trust and fellowship? Open doors and create opportunities? Leave the world a better place?
Want a richer, more fulfilling life? Take a few minutes at the end of the day, to ponder your emotional wake, to pause and reflect, perhaps to journal on how you impacted your fellow humans. How you might have added a few more smiles, complimented a few more souls, lifted others’ spirits.
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier