We feel good when we’re appreciated.
It usually means our presence has touched another person’s heart strings. Through something we’ve said, or done or just for being a friend. It’s an appreciation that lasts a life time for both giver and receiver.
Do you remember those few teachers in your educational experience who made a difference to you? World history became an appealing subject in the 7th grade only because of Ms. Smith who made the material pertinent while keeping teen age behavior in check with humorous quips and quotes.
Those teachers had a passion for sharing their love of subject matter with their students in a way that made learning and retaining the information comfortable, enjoyable.
Performing artists have this same passion for sharing. It can be found in the lyrics to the songs they’ve written. In the stories they tell about their personal experiences which reel us in to our own similar episodes from our past. It’s all found in the web of our lives.
When we are fortunate to have the opportunity to meet our favorite artists, what do we say to them? How much we enjoyed their work. Their songs and stories that resonated with and within us. True artists will admit that this alone is worth the effort it takes to produce their work. The invisible silk strands of our human experiences touch one another in a powerful manner.
Even the corporate experience of the business world has its middle managers, trainers and CEO’s who do make a difference in our lives. When someone cares enough about others and their performance and advancement in a business atmosphere, and takes steps necessary to produce desired results with these people, a company can only benefit over time. CEO’s who implement this ‘people first’ approach in their operations usually have top performing companies that consistently outpace competitors. Although sometimes a rare find, there is hope.
Good listeners make good teachers, counselors, singers, performers and managers, et al. It’s not only listening to an outside source, but just as important, they listen to their own still, small voice within. They are guided by good vision, intuition and patience. They receive the information and give it back through their advice, comments and actions. They mentor when they are asked for solutions. Maybe they really are the ‘way showers’ of our society.
We should all take on this responsibility for doing something good before our time is up.
Leave someone thinking of you still, after you’ve gone.