Consider for a moment how one nice thing you say or do might affect someone. I was at the gas station not too long ago minding my own business as I watched the pump tick off the numbers when this guy across the way smiles at me and says, “You smell really nice!”
So weird that he would comment on my perfume at the gas station of all places, but it obviously was something that struck me and stayed. It really made me feel good. Simple, no cost, no commitment way to put a ray of sunshine in someone else’s day.
Sometimes I feel disconnected to others, like I am in an impenetrable bubble, observing but not really impacting or engaging in any way. When someone interacts with me in a way that lets me know I am actually making them think or feel differently I am surprised. I generally believe that others are impervious to my existence. This is not to say I feel I am insignificant or unimportant it is just that I tend to operate deeply in my own mind and truthfully don’t see that I have that much impact on the things and people around me.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I completed a book about self-awareness called Insight by Tasha Eurich. It turns out that my self-awareness internally is very high but I am less aware of what others think of me. That is changing as I am beginning to really seek out feedback from others and try to make daily connections with people by giving my own.
Getting feedback on my posts is always delightfully surprising for me. Good or bad. Really! Hearing how something I have said or done resonates in another makes me feel connected. What I would love to know is what simple gesture has impacted you? What penetrates your bubble – how do you achieve connections?