Sunday, January 20, 2008
You must be careful how you walk and where you go, for there are those following you who will set their feet where yours are set.
- Robert E. Lee, Civil War General
Interesting quote today.
For me this quote holds so much truth. When we are not aware, people are watching us. We need to be diligent in all that we do in all aspects of our lives.
It has been interesting for me at work, to see how many people have been watching my SP successes. Very little has been said, thus I have not said alot outside of answering questions as they have been posed. "are you on a diet?" "no, I am changing my lifestyle for a healthier one". "Oh". "What are you doing?" "I am eating better and exercising (such a dirty word to some), I joined a free website that helps me track my nutrition and exercise".
Sometimes further information is asked for, but usually at the mention of exercise...they back away. Interesting. I'm sure in the past, I probably did also.
They continue to watch, waiting for the day that you are no longer having success and revert back to old habits. But that hasn't happened and they see that you are still eliminating weight and feeling healthier. Soon they begin again to ask questions, but in a more serious nature. They watch, they wait, they contemplate whether they too can have the success. Eventually, they begin to follow. There are now 3 co-workers who have made the leap and joined SP.
Interesting how you never know who's life you will touch. Because of that, you need to be diligent about trying to be a positive influence and place your footsteps on solid ground.
Let's make sure that our footsteps lead to positive outcomes. Let's make sure that we encourage others rather than discourage, that we create a beautiful ripple effect not a disaster.