Wouldn't it be interesting if you could have an exit interview with everyone you have encountered this past week? What would they say about their interaction with you? Were your words dazzling? Were your arguments convincing? Did you make your point with dizzying clarity?
I have been thinking that what we say really doesn’t matter. It is how we make people feel that matters. Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” That might sound a little “touchy-feely”, but I find that in most of my dealings with people, it is what they walk away with that matters to them. Kind of like the aftertaste when you have something to eat or drink….it doesn’t really matter what you swallowed, your stomach doesn’t know the difference. But your mouth will register the aftertaste for quite some time and it is that by which you judge the meal or the drink. You leave a mark on each one you touch, a fingerprint on their soul. What does it look like? What will others see in your wake?
My wake could have been better this week. I would like to say that my fingerprints were lovely, but some of them were not. Tomorrow is a new day and I will purpose to think before I speak, listen much, and leave behind something remarkable on others.