An idea about well-being: Well-being is not only personal development. Well-being is building up our community.
Example: The idea of WIIFM (what’s in it for me?) often surfaces in sales and marketing. Of course, it’s important to address such a question when providing a product or service. However, I fear we apply the question too often when deciding how to spend our time. Maybe engaging in some activity poses no concrete or monetary benefit to you but helps our community. Well-being can arise when we engage in activities like this.
Application (how this idea plays out in my life): Every person has value. We all have skills, strengths, and gifts that can support our community. With this belief, I seek to stop and listen to others. In an age of distraction, its rare to find someone that can be present and really make others feel seen, heard, and loved. We can never know what someone else is experiencing in a given moment. I believe stopping to hear another person and validating their worth can change the trajectory of their day, maybe more. Especially if they aren’t like-minded. With an open mind, we are bound to learn from varying perspectives and tear down barriers of animosity in the process.
Challenge Question: Imagine the effects of an entire “collective” of individuals engaging with members of our community in a way that makes them feel seen, heard, and loved. What happens when the other becomes a friend? How can we seek to be present within our community and engage with those around us?
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