In honor of my 50th post, I'll share something which arrived in my email box this morning which resonated with me:
"....Our intentions flow forever outward in the form of energy, affecting both the people closest to us and billions of individuals we will likely never meet. For this reason, we should strive always to speak, think, and behave with great thoughtfulness and compassion. The virtues we choose to embody can inspire joy and integrity in the lives of countless people, whether we touch their existence directly or not."
This comes from DailyOM, which provides words of inspiration and thoughts for the day. Often, what arrives in my email box sets the tone for my day, or provides the background thoughts which swirl around in my mind as I'm working. Or, sometimes, like this morning, it mirrors something I'd been thinking about. Today's entry goes on:
"The influence we wield is infinite. In an effort to internalize our conscious understanding of the nature of cause and effect, we can never truly know how our thoughts, emotions, words, or actions will manifest themselves on the larger universal stage because it is likely that the furthest-reaching effects will fall outside the range of our perception."
So, of course all of our mothers were right when they told us to be kind to everyone, because you never know when you might meet them again. Or, in the vernacular, 'what goes around, comes around.' In my own life, and in my business I have seen the ripple effect my actions have had; customers refer me to friends, I have a reputation for providing excellent customer service, and I always try to help other artists with resources and/or advice based on my own experiences. I do this not because I want to get anything out of it, it's just who I try to be in the world.
"Nothing you do, however minor or mundane, is ever exempt from the rules of cause and effect. From the moment of your birth, you have served as an agent of change, setting forces beyond your comprehension into motion across the surface of the earth and beyond. You can exert conscious control over this transformative energy simply by examining your intentions and endeavoring always to promote peace, positive energy, and passion in your ideas and actions. While you may never fully comprehend the extent of your purposefully heartfelt influence, you can rest assured that it will be universally felt."
It's good to be reminded that our actions ripple outward into the world, and if we want it to be a better place, those actions should be positive and passionate.
Words to live by.