In My Own Little World

How can you step out of your own little world and see that there is more out there? What can you do to get out of your own little world and make a difference in the world of someone else?

My husband is very observant and he is very kind to people. He’s the type of guy who will go out of his way to hold the door open for someone or smile at them and say hello. But I have a confession to make…

Yep, I have to start this blog post with telling you the truth – I am guilty of living in my own little world! Yes, there are times when I’ll be out in public and be in my own little world. My husband will say, “Did you see that person?” (or something along those lines) and I’ll reply with a, “No, where?”

Of course, when I’m with a client, they have my undivided attention. I am focuses on them and how I can help them. But when I am out and about, I get so focused on what I need to be doing (like finding the wasabi paste in isle 4) that I often miss what’s going on around me. So over the years, I’ve worked at being more aware and looking for the opportunities to make someone else’s world a little better.

We can change the world if we are willing to do our part. And sometimes, just reaching out to at least one person can be all we have to do to get the ripple effect going.

I’m very blessed that I’m able to fulfill my life’s purpose every day in my work as a coach. Discovering your greater purpose and how you can serve the world are very important to living a truly fulfilling life, but they are not the only things that make life fulfilling.  And let’s face it, there are people who dedicate their lives to philanthropy but donating money or spend weekends working at a soup kitchen are not the only ways to change the world either. Don’t get me wrong, those would be great things to do too and I highly encourage you to find ways to serve in your community. But don’t forget to look for the opportunities in everyday situations to make the world a better place – don’t forget the little things.

Even something as simple as holding the door for a tired mother trying to get her four kids into the grocery store, could be the difference in her day. It could be what keeps her from breaking down and crying from tired desperation to feeling a renewed sense of compassion that trickles down to her children and how she interacts with them, showing them love and affection rather then aggravation and disdain. That in turn, will make her children happier and more vibrant. It is a ripple effect. And don’t you want to be a part of that ripple?

Mathew West probably says it better then I could, in his song “In My Own Little World” so watch the video below and afterwards, leave me a comment about how you’ve stepped out of your own little world. Or how you might like to?