Wednesday, August 8, 2012

How Do You Express Your Self

Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. Edwin Hubbel Chapin

I belong to a writer's group at a Senior Center, and recently we talked about how the energy in the group changes when some members leave and others come in. And this affects the dynamics of the whole group. Interesting phenomenon. For me, this is a good illustration of the uniqueness of every person and how our expression of self impacts others in unique ways.

We express from our human self and our spiritual Self, in tangible and intangible ways and to different degrees. But we rarely think about what we're expressing or the impact our expressions will have. You can't touch a smile, but it can turn someone's heart in a different direction, or the advice you give to someone may make a difference in the rest of their life, or maybe something you said or did hurt to the core. We do make a difference one way or another.

Have you ever taken the time to observe other people's behavior in a group setting--maybe with family, friends, at work, in church, in your neighborhood etc? There are fixers, nurturers, jokesters, know-it-alls, independents, team players, helpers, agitators, all kinds. And each touches the others with the way they express in their life. Have you ever observed your own behavior and thought about the impact you make on others? Is there something you'd like to change?

When I was a child, I watched my brother put together model airplanes. He opened the box, laid pieces on the table and carefully identified each one. Some were ready to use as is, while others needed sanding down and rough edges smoothed out. He was grateful for those ready to use pieces, and happily spent time on those that needed some work. No piece was more important than the other. He needed all of them to create a plane that would fly like the plane he wanted in the first place. If we're to fly, we need to search inside the box, see all the pieces and work with them without judgment.

By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before. Edwin Elliot

Wouldn't it be great if you decided what kind of a person you want to be and then expressed that person in your life? You are unique, different and special, and you might be surprised if you took a closer look inside and found the unexplored wonder within. You make a difference somewhere, somehow, to someone. So discover your own specialness, and touch others with the best of who and what you are.

You are beautiful. Let your beauty shine.


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