Spreading Your Light How You Affect Others Daily by Madisyn Taylor

I just wanted to share this wonderfully written piece. Recently so many people reached out to me. Some, whom I expected would, didn’t. But I would rather think and thank those who expressed their love and care for me and my brothers and our children. Bless you all!

Spreading Your Light
How You Affect Others Daily

by Madisyn Taylor

We have the potential to affect others through all of our actions during our day whether we are aware of it or not.

As the pace and fullness of modern life serve to isolate us from one another, the contact we do share becomes vastly more significant. We unconsciously absorb each other’s energy, adopting the temperament of those with whom we share close quarters, and find ourselves changed after the briefest encounters. Everything we do or say has the potential to affect not only the individuals we live, work, and play with but also those we’ve just met. Though we may never know the impact we have had or the scope of our influence, accepting and understanding that our attitudes and choices will affect others can help us remember to conduct ourselves with grace at all times. When we seek always to be friendly, helpful, and responsive, we effortlessly create an atmosphere around ourselves that is both uplifting and inspiring.

Most people rarely give thought to the effect they have had or will have on others. When we take a few moments to contemplate how our individual modes of being affect the people we spend time with each day, we come one step closer to seeing ourselves through the eyes of others. By asking ourselves whether those we encounter walk away feeling appreciated, respected, and liked, we can heighten our awareness of the effect we ultimately have. Something as simple as a smile given freely can temporarily brighten a person’s entire world. Our value-driven conduct may inspire others to consider whether their own lives are reflective of their values. A word of advice can help others see life in an entirely new fashion. And small gestures of kindness can even prove to those embittered by the world that goodness still exists. By simply being ourselves, we influence other’s lives in both subtle and life-altering ways.

To ensure that the effect we have is positive, we must strive to stay true to ourselves while realizing that it is the demeanor we project and not the quality of our wondrous inner landscapes that people see. Thus, as we interact with others, how we behave can be as important as who we are. If we project our passion for life, our warmth, and our tolerance in our facial features, voice, and choice of words, every person who enters our circle of influence will leave our presence feeling at peace with themselves and with us. You never know whose life you are affecting, big or small. Try to remember this as you go out into the world each day.

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About padmum

You could call me Dame Quixote! I tilt at windmills. I have an opinion on most matters. What I don't have, my husband Raju has in plenty. Writer and story teller, columnist and contributer of articles, blogs, poems, travelogues and essays to Chennai newspapers, national magazines and websites, I review and edit books for publishers and have specialized as a Culinary Editor and contributed content, edited and collaborated on Cookbooks. My other major interest is acting on Tamil and English stage, Indian cinema and TV. I am a wordsmith, a voracious reader, crossword buff and write about India's heritage, culture and traditions. I am interested in Vedanta nowadays.
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10 Responses to Spreading Your Light How You Affect Others Daily by Madisyn Taylor

  1. Geetha says:

    “To ensure that the effect we have is positive, we must strive to stay true to ourselves while realizing that it is the demeanor we project and not the quality of our wondrous inner landscapes that people see.”…
    This is the sentence I liked the most and it is going to stay with me for ever.Beautifully written piece!
    Regards
    Geetha

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  2. grannymar says:

    Wonderful. As my late father would have said: There is eating and drinking in this piece. Something for all of us to learn.

    I might even print it out and put it on a wall where I can see it every day.

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    • padmum says:

      Grannymar you don’t need any writing on the wall–your screen and keyboard work equally well. I love the “There is eating and drinking in this piece. Something for all of us to learn” homily of your Dad..

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  3. Delirious says:

    Oh my goodness, I’m afraid I’m one of those who didn’t reach out! I forgot that you are Rummuser’s sister. I forgot that you lost a father. This shows how my memory has been lately. I send my deepest sympathies, and hope that you can find some comfort at this time. I really do believe in the eternal nature of the soul, and believe that he still exists, and is in a state of peace.

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  4. padmum says:

    Delirious–you always reach out. I know that you include all of us in your prayers and that acts as a shield protecting us from many evils and injuries. Bless you.

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  5. Maxi says:

    Thank you for this, Padmini. The truth within the words of this post is a reality for everyone.
    Blessings to you ~ Maxi

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