Are you a blessing in the lives of others?

Thanksgiving turkeyOn Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., we often think more than usual about the blessings in our lives.  I’ve seen many friends and colleagues posting this week on Facebook about how they went around the dinner table and asked everyone to share what they are grateful for.

But have you ever stopped to think about how you are a blessing to the people in your life?  Have you thought about how you might be a blessing even to others you barely know?

I was reminded of this truth earlier this week when I checked out the Google Doodle about Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of the beloved series of children’s books that began with Anne of Green Gables”.  In a 2008 essay, novelist Margaret Atwood claimed that the books are not so much about Anne’s transformation but about the emotional transformation of her cold, stern adoptive guardians – the elderly brother and sister who take Anne in to help work their family farm on Prince Edward Island in eastern Canada.

If you’ve ever read “Anne of Green Gables” or seen the PBS special, I bet you’ll agree.  Some of the more touching moments involve the way Marilla Cuthbert’s heart begins to melt and open towards the young Anne Shirley.

Over the course of the book series (and the TV series), Anne Shirley grows up – that’s to be expected!  How Anne effects other people’s lives, from school classmates to Marilla and her neighbors, is the true lesson of the story.

How do you effect other people

How do you effect other people?

As marketers, entrepreneurs, business owners, and service professionals, we may believe that the words we teach have a profound impact on the lives of others — and sometimes they do.

But our biggest impact comes from the way we live our lives, the example we set, and just the energies we radiate to everyone with whom we come in contact no matter where we are or what we’re doing!

These subconscious effects are usually hidden from our awareness and from the awareness of those around us, but are powerful nonetheless.

So take a few minutes out of your busy holiday season to reflect on what effect you have on the people around you.  Do you have a positive effect or a negative effect?  What effect would you like to have on others?  What habits of yours can you change to produce the effect you want?

You just never know how your own growth might spark a change in the life of someone else!  Make sure you’re causing a change for the better!

Now it’s your turn:  Are you aware of the effect you have on others?  Do you notice how people’s energies effect you?  What kind of effect would you like to have on other people around you?

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