I often think about the people who have positively impacted me, so recently, I made a list of my top 10 people. These are people who, when I look back, I wonder where, or how, my life would have ended up if our paths had not crossed… how different, and less rich, my life would be.
One thing they have all had in common is summed up in the words of Emily Dickinson:
“I find it shelter to speak to you.”
Actually, my list ended up with 11 such people. I couldn’t keep it at 10 just for round numbers. And really, it’s a list that could grow to 20, 30 and more, but for starters, I have 10 (11).
I want to suggest to you that in the next week, you take a few minutes to make such a list. It could be anyone. It could be people you’ve known for years. Or it could be someone you sat next to on a bus or train who said or did something you’ve never forgotten.
I find my 10 people are my most perfect gratitude list. Whenever I’m feeling low, if I think of even one of these people, it puts everything into perspective. It also reminds me that, at any moment, someone like that can show up again in my life.
The most incredible thing about each of these people is how divinely orchestrated each connection with them actually was. We only fully realize this when looking back.
Today is the birthday of one of “my people” and appropriately the sun is shining as I just finished journaling about all the things about this person that I’m grateful for.
Try it. Take the time. Maybe one day, one or more of those people will be delighted to find that they are on your list.
Wishing you a beautiful week.
Blessings & gratitude,
Artist / Life Coach