04 Mar Is That Signal For ME?
One morning, as I was driving back from the gym, a crosswalk light was flashing, indicating that someone was crossing. I slowed down but didn’t see anyone. I thought maybe they had already crossed. Even so, something, call it intuition, told me to slow down more, and as I pulled closer, I saw a man in a wheelchair who had been hidden by the shrubs in the median as he crossed. I stopped, and he passed safely. I doubt he gave me another thought. I, on the other hand, have given him a lot of thought.
Here are some of the things that crossed my mind.
- Where in my life do I see a warning sign, look around quickly, and when I don’t see any imminent danger, I blow right through? I don’t even know who I might be harming as a result. I might not have done it this time, however, at the pace I operate, I’m betting I’ve done it more than I want to know.
- What is it like to live not knowing if people can see you? It could literally hurt him just like it hurts when people don’t slow down and take the time to see the real me. In turn, who am I not seeing? What am I missing and how is this impacting them?
- Where am I so focused on my own stories that I am not seeing those around me who might need a little extra time, a bit of extra attention, or just a helping hand?
- What would be possible if I slow down and see myself more fully – if I was more vulnerable?
I am grateful that on this particular morning I was present and in the moment, and all went well. I am equally as grateful that every interaction offers the gift of awareness about how to live my life at the next level. Leadership is a practice. Self-reflection brings growth. I GO FIRST!
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