01 Aug What do we weave into the lives of others?
During Pericles’ speech to the families of the Athenian War dead, he was quoted to have said “What you leave behind is not what it is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others”.
As we go about our daily lives, we get inundated, overwhelmed, distracted and drowned by the minutiae and details of our personal existence. The nature of the self is that it is all about me. When we fear rejection or are afraid of disturbing the harmony, it is because we are basing those uninvestigated thoughts on how we may be perceived by others.
This prevents us from telling the truth, openly, freely but with compassion and equanimity. And to weave something good into the lives of others requires us to stand up and speak our truth. People are always observing us, children, strangers, friends and family, and to set the best example we can is the best way to positively influence others.
It may not be yours, but it is my firm belief that everything we say, do or think matters. Whether or not someone else is there to witness it does not matter. We are there. We are the only constant. The integrity and authenticity that will emanate from us as we live with congruence will offer guidance and strength to those around us.
Coming from this place allows us to serve with love and kindness, and that is the legacy that we can all leave. People won’t necessarily remember what we said, but they will remember how we made them feel, and that way we can weave virtue, curiosity, responsibility, character, respect and courage into the lives of those who we come in contact with.