"In the rush of daily living it's easy to forget all the remarkable people, real or fictional, who have been a part of your life. But if you just imagine they are near for a moment, you will realize that anyone who ever touched your heart is always with you, patiently waiting to emanate warmth and support whenever you remember to think of them."
I have found myself revisiting this quote several times over the past few years, as my mind has wandered to some of the remarkable people who have been a part of my life. I think when we talk about the remarkable people in our lives, many of us first think about family and friends or the people that make up our innermost circle. (And no doubt, my family and friends are remarkable.) But the reason I adore this quote so much, is because it pushes us to think past that inner circle, being more mindful of some of the remarkable and incredible people who have impacted our lives at various points along the way. Maybe they were only a part of our journey for a short time; maybe they were someone that we admired from a bit of a distance, or maybe they happened to be there at just the right time, saying just the thing you needed to hear. For whatever reason, these people have stood out in your life, they've touched your heart, they've changed your perspective. My mind thinks of a staff member at a previous training site who was fiercely authentic and warm, and I always felt so personally inspired and connected to her, even though she was not my direct supervisor. My heart thinks of previous students I have worked with, their resilience and their hope, as well as their undeniable courage. Today a text from of a college coworker brought back the feeling of his unending acceptance and joy-filled laugh. Sometimes, I even feel reminded of my favorite character from an oh so popular fictional book series.
Often, without these people as a part of our daily lives and "in the rush of daily living," we forget just how special these remarkable people are and how much we could use them in our current and daily lives. But the cool thing is, that we can have them as a part of our here and now life. Because if we stop for a moment, and imagine they are near, we can remember the way they touched our heart. We can remember how they made us feel, what they challenged us to do, and how they inspired us. We can take that memory, allow ourselves to be filled up with emotion, and go forward, changed, just as if they were with us. That's right, I'll say it again. We have the ability to take a memory from someone remarkable, allow ourselves to be filled up with emotion, and go forward, changed, just as if they were with us. Isn't that incredible?
Life is full of big decisions, scary moments, and joyous occasions. Probably like you, I've been experiencing many of these lately, and at times, I find myself wishing all the remarkable people I've met were with me, next to me, radiating their goodness, encouraging me on. But I'm reminded that their love, their encouragement, and their inspiration are only a moment away, and I have the power to channel and cultivate their remarkable selves, surrounding myself with their warmth and support.
Cheers to channeling remarkable people and keeping them near.