Happy Monday! If you’ve been following the blog, you know February was a pretty big month for me and I’m dedicating this Music Monday to all the women out there who are rocking it to the fullest. Surrounding yourself with such driven and inspiring people creates an amazing synergy I can’t even begin to fully describe. I feel so lucky to have a group like this in my life to help keep that amazing momentum going. I have to note, this doesn’t at all pertain solely to those succeeding career-wise but also to those reaching for personal growth, setting goals, obtaining achievements, etc…
As of late, close friends to acquaintances have received promotions, changed careers, had babies, gone back to school, started training for their next marathon (or just started back at the gym, period), opened businesses, achieved new certifications, moved across the country and world, and so on… It’s all about growing, going after what you want – what you’re truly passionate about, pushing boundaries and never becoming stagnant. The strength of these women – who come from all walks of life, mind you – astounds me. And so, ladies, this one is for you.
Today I was reminded of what incredible people I have in my life and to continue to strive towards selflessness by practicing empathy every day. While we all deal with daily stresses and responsibilities (mine have definitely made me neglect my blogging a tad – sorry!), I think (and hope) we’re all trying to be overall better people. I’ve particularly been inspired by John “Halcyon” Styn, who recently spoke at a TEDx event and I will feature in an upcoming post, but today my friend Kara inspired me with the following story. I couldn’t be more proud to call her a friend.
“While waiting for the train, a woman was about to sit in a huge puddle of coffee on the bench, and, as as she was in mid-motion, I grabbed her arm and said “don’t sit there!” She started tearing up and told me about how she’s from Bronx and currently living in the projects and is on her way to an important event and if she sat in it, her day would of been ruined. It pays to treat everyone like family.”
Such a simple, selfless act that changed this woman’s day and potentially, future. Every day of your life you are part of someone’s story. What you do (or don’t) say or do (or don’t do) makes an impact. How do you want to be remembered?
Be real. Live with integrity. Strive to the be the good memory in people’s stories. Every. Single. Day.