I had just woken up. I am trying to find the necessary supplies for my morning yerba mate and to get some pancakes ready for our tribe. I have been working late on a few projects, so I am a bit groggy to say the least.
I am not in the zone just yet and I am nowhere near the FLOW state of mind. But whether I was ready or not some one was watching me.
My wife showed me this picture later in the afternoon. I had no idea that these two wonderful eyes were gazing upon me. There is not a man on the planet who doesn’t dream of his little girl looking at him like that.
Now if I had only known. Only if I was prepared. Only if I was ready to be seen. Some one please cue the violins.
It did get me to thinking about how often this happens. How frequently do you make an impression on people without even knowing it? How often does some one see or hear something you did not intend to be heard by anyone?
I don’t think this means that you should live like you are always putting on a show. And I certainly don’t think this means that you need to be perfect all of the time.
I do think it means you should be real sure that every action and every thought communicates your true character.
Because whether you like it or not, it does.
This concept has gone from being a total drag, (lots of pressure to not pick my nose or yell at some moron who is texting and driving) to feeling quite empowering. I started to think of every thought and action like building blocks. The thoughts and actions that are indicative of the kind of person you really are, go in one pile. The thoughts and actions that happen when you are not at your finest go into another. Being mindful that neither pile will ever go away, which pile is getting bigger?
As I pondered this really far-reaching example, I think I may have created one pile unintentionally. And to be honest it may be bigger than I had thought it was. However there is a pretty simple solution. Do, say and think more things that communicate the kind of person I am and the kind of man I am trying to become. That is pretty basic, but simple solutions always seem to be the best ones. Damn simplicity. (Rats. Another block in the pile for cursing! And another one for using “rats” in such a stupid way.)
There will be slip ups….Oh lord, yes there will (can I get an amen). But I don’t mind a pile of reminders, if I am working on a mountain of character.
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