The people you know: Your starting point for inspiration
The people you know — and can know — will awe you.
The people you can know are those within reach, those you meet, those you hear about through friends, acquaintances. Seek them out.
Simply taking the time to excavate the triumphs of those around you elevates all, especially, most especially you.
Oh, and especially, most especially them, too.
I was on an intense work trip with the artist David Langley once. Though the work was engaging, most memorable were the conversations.
Here’s just one snippet David said in passing:
That saying “Treat people the way you want to be treated” is wrong. Everyone’s so different. You’ve got to find out what people want and go from there.
Treat people the way they want to be treated.
Isn’t that a perfect extension of the Golden Rule for this millennium?
People will astonish you if you dig. You don’t even have to dig, really, just listen. What I’m frequently surprised about is how often issues resolve themselves in the most magical ways and — once resolved — it is as if there was nothing special about it.
You know, that money showing up just when you needed it most, or how that person critical to the next step in your life appeared as if constituted from your imagination, or any of life’s plot lines that read as if the deus ex machina in a Greek play came in and whipped up an improbable resolution.
Dictionary.com: deus ex machina
(in ancient Greek and Roman drama) a god introduced into a play to re-solve the entanglements of the plot.