I have been thinking about how much we all influence each other. What we say and how we are with each other can have a really big impact on our daily lives, and our lives are built, after all, day by day. I think of the people I meet, and how often I continue to think about them long after they move on from my life. One such person died 6 years ago this month. She had lots of difficulties in her life, but she was also really creative, and had heaps of interests. She was eccentric in a way that I can really identify with, and I repeat some of her funny little sayings to other people often – in this way she continues to live and influence me and (indirectly) other people as well.
In light of all this, how we live is important, how we treat each other and how we treat ourselves. What dreams do we have? How can we best be ourselves? What will people remember of us when we are gone? What will our enduring influence be?
I am attaching a link to a meditation by Thich Naht Hanh, the Buddhist teacher, which I like a lot. In it he says “the best thing a tree can do is be a real tree and the best thing a human being can do is be a real human being”. This is easier said than done (for us if not for the tree) but it is a good thing to aim for as we trundle on in the swirl of influences that we are to each other.