We had a lively dinner with a fantastic group of young people here in New York last night. It culminated in a pastry-making class in the kitchen of the restaurant. It turned out to be so much fun, that I got even more excited about our upcoming GNO In The Kitchen.
I sure hope you’re making plans to join us!
We shared dinner with a group called Nexus. They’re a community of young professionals who come together to leverage their unique influence for social good. Scott spoke about how the topic of his book, The Stories We Tell Ourselves, emerged from years of seeing the same theme repeated over and over again in the lives of his clients. We circled up at our tables to discuss how these stories effect everything we do and often hold us back from doing the things we really want to do.
It was such an encouraging, uplifting and inspiring evening.
But it wasn’t the atmosphere, the food, or even the program that made it so wonderful. It was the spirit of being in a room full of people who showed up to connect, grow and genuinely serve one another, and the greater good. There was no ulterior societal agenda. They didn’t show up worried about what others where thinking about them.
They showed up thinking of others.
And that one thing changes everything. In a world where it seems like everyone is out for themselves, only looking out for number one, it’s easy to resign yourself to thinking that’s just the way things are. That’s the way people are.
But you can choose to live differently.
You can choose to show up in your own life, thinking of others. You can seek out opportunities to encourage, connect and serve the people in your own circle of influence. You can share your story with others in an effort to make the world a kinder, better place.
Change starts with you.
Change starts when you decide to shift the status quo by showing up at the neighborhood party with the intent encourage and serve, instead of worrying about what others are thinking of you. Change continues when others experience that kind of generosity and begin to do the same. And they draw others, and on and on and on. . .
It starts with a simple shift of your mindset.
Wherever you’re heading this weekend, instead of showing up thinking about what others are thinking about you, show up thinking about others.
Of course it’s not easy, or everyone would do it.
But it’s worth it.
to more love,