I watched "It's a Wonderful Life" again this year. It's a powerful reminder for me about how we make a difference, even if we think we don’t.
Unlike most of us, George Bailey is given the gift of seeing how the "little things" he does affect others and impact their lives for the better. He didn't understand this until his guardian angel Clarence came to his aid.
If you had a guardian angel that came to Earth like Clarence--what would he show you? How might you live each day if you could know the greater significance of each of your choices?
You Make a Difference
As you enter this new year of 2013--know that you make a difference. Every thought and every action, all of the ki you extend, influences your environment, your friends, and your family. Every stranger you pass on the street. Every Facebook post and Twitter tweet. Every coworker, customer, and client. Your ki extends way beyond where you think it stops. Whether directly or indirectly, you are making a difference by the very fact of your being.
Take a few ki moments this month to reflect:
- Who am I?
- What difference do I think I make?
- What difference do I want to make?
- What hidden beliefs hold me back or propel me forward?
Margaret Wheatley writes eloquently about presence in her book, A Simpler Way:
The environment is invented by our presence in it. We do not parachute into a sea of turbulence, to sink or swim. We and our environments become one system, each influencing the other, each co-determining the other.
How are you inventing your environment, your life, and your relationships? To paraphrase a quotation by Annie Dillard, How you spend your ki is, of course, how you spend your life.
You have more power than you think. Why not use it consciously?