“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou
Who are the figures from your childhood that stand out as the most influential, or the most helpful? Or perhaps the most hope-giving, as they inspired your dreams and shared in your excitement for the future?
And when you think of these people, do you recall how they made you feel? How you felt in their presence? Are you aware of the gratitude you feel for those who were positive influences?
The way someone makes you feel, beyond their words or actions, and the way they make you feel about yourself, is worth your attention. Because you, too, are having an effect on everyone you come into contact with, be they your own kids or elderly neighbors, coworkers or lovers. It may be for only a moment—or it may be for a lifetime.