Everything Matters by Janet Shlaes, Ph.D.
“Live your life as though every act were to become a universal law.”
~ Henry David Thoreau
Everything that you do and say impacts your world with unanticipated and unexpected effects. A random comment or observation spontaneously uttered in even the most casual encounter could be the exact words that the other person needed to hear and you needed to say at that precise moment in time. Or, your words, uttered quite innocently could be offensive or destructive. Everything matters. As you intentionally foster the habit of paying attention to your interactions and actions, you will begin to notice the impact of your words and actions; your self- and other-awareness will expand exponentially. Truly knowing and experiencing that everything matters is simultaneously miraculous and unnerving in terms of personal responsibility.
Imagine what might be possible if you chose to shift your thinking to align with the Thoreau quote at the beginning of this post? Taking on Thoreau’s philosophy would result in the consistent employment of words and actions that align with your most cherished values? Consider the ripple impact of this way of being in the world, as well as the potential for positive change. Your words, actions and thoughts matter greatly to yourself and others.
I invite you to consider the insights and observations from the following posts:
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