Our friend, Carol Winkler is creator of the weekly “Inspired Athlete” blog. They are always touching and usually… well, inspiring!
Her latest featured Dan Weldon, the young racecar driver who was tragically killed in an awful multi-car crash. In quoting a colleague of Weldon’s who observed that “he left (others) with his kindness, his spirit,” Carol used this tragedy to highlight an important question to ponder:
What are we leaving people with, through our interactions with them?
As she asks us to reflect, “Do we leave them with our kindness… or our impatience? With our humor… or our righteousness? With our respect… or our disdain?”
I would add: do we leave them with drama or hope, empowerment and possibility? Do we approach them as a Victim who needs our Rescuing or do we treat them as the inherent Creators that they are as support them as a Challenger and/or a Coach?
Each interaction we have with others has an impact. What is creating in the wake of your ways of relating with others? What are you leaving them with?