A space vehicle is propelled by rockets that fire in programmed sequence, much the same way as we are propelled along life path by other people or events that influence us. Sometimes these influences are profoundly positive and create major transitional moments. We look back at them as land marks on the terrain of our lives.
Other times, the event or person seems negative or ominous. Even so, they create the change we need at the time. All of us can look to the past and recall events that were turning points and people whose effect was transforming. Our parents obviously fit this category. They provided our first boost into this world and their effect stayed with us for quite some time. As parental influence waned, the next “rocket” may have been a friend, or teacher, and then the next rocket, a boss, spouse or mentor.
Each person provided the exact experience we required to move ourselves forward. As you have been propelled, coached, encouraged and benefited by others, you have a similar opportunity to serve others. This may feel like a responsibility or it can be recognized as a privilege and joy, depending on your approach and willingness to give back.
Every day we have numerous occasions to supply this service. It can be as simple as a compliment, positive reinforcement, kind word, or as easy as gathering the accumulated newspapers of an absent neighbor, holding the door for someone with a package, preparing a meal for someone in transition, being present at a time of grief, or any other thoughtful act.
Everyone needs a cheering-on, support and appreciation. There are vast amounts of negativity and fear in the world. We have the privilege of providing positive energy and the honor of helping those less fortunate. That privilege not only enriches others, but ourselves as well. As we consider ourselves rockets to boost the performance, empowerment and success of others, we take ourselves a little more seriously as well.
Jean Walters is a best selling author, Transformational Coach, Akashic Record Reader and speaker. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org and find her books on Amazon.com