Why does it feel so good to be in the presence of certain people?
I can assure you this, it is because each one of us exhibits a certain energy, both physically/externally, but on a deeper level, an energy which exudes who we represent: our mind, our thoughts, our actions, our personality, our past and our future, our visions, our convictions and beliefs, our abilities, our victories, our ideas, our likes and our dislikes our voices, our speech and communication. When we share with others, the greatest aspects of ourselves, we are unwittingly allowing them to live through us, and vice versa. What do we bring forth to the table, literally, when we are in the presence of our friends, family, co-workers?
It is so important to express your best version on a daily basis. Mainly because your worst version is almost always ready to explode and make you feel like an even worse version of yourself. It’s extremely imperative, thus, that your workplace: the physical place where you spend so much of your time, allow good expression to come out. Sure, sometimes it’s exhausting to be out there, serving and being kind all the time. It takes energy! But use your time that way. Surround yourself with co-workers who encourage you and make you feel important. It makes a huge impact on the quality of our lives.
Think about this: when we are younger so much of our time is spent in school. It literally shapes us for so long! But since we’re sort of in our purer forms, unaltered by social expectations and such, we sort of just naturally allow ourselves to shine, with out inhibitions. (This is why it is so imperative for parents and educators to offer a multitude of opportunities for children, so they may discover and release their talents and strengths. They are just waiting to be unleashed, and they are almost always unique for each child! And yes, some children may not be awesome at a certain thing they are presented with, but the challenges are so important too!) Childhood is a time when we are accepted for who we are because we “don’t know any better” but to be loud and verbal, to have outbursts, to start skipping for no reason, to say silly things that we imagine, to be, quite simply, ourselves. It’s when we get older where we hit pressures…you know what I mean…it starts with body sprays and A&F labels around middle school…you know, when everyone becomes more aware…or shall I say, less aware of who they are (and more aware of what everyone else as a whole is)!
I was thinking about this, and the reason we feel so great, often times, in the presence of our closest friends, family, or people with whom much of your time is spent–even on a professional, formal level– is not only because we feel comfortable, but because we are enriching ourselves and most of all, allowing the best versions of ourselves to be expressed. You heard me, best version. Yup, I am meaning to say that we have different aspects to us (why am I acting like this is a surprise!). Face it, you get along with certain people because they just…get you. And face this too, they have their opinions of you because of the memories you’ve shared. And that’s…quite okay. In fact, it’s awesome.
What I am really also trying to get at here, is how important it is to be a person with whom the other person who is sharing your company, can exhibit his/her best version. It can be completely natural, not like a phony politeness or laughing even when what you say isn’t funny kind of “best version.” Not the “Going on an interview, suit-and-tie kind of best version.” I mean a genuine, true, good spirit version that is within all of us. The kind that feels so good when it comes out, because it sort of impresses you…like man, I am funny, or I’ve had some good times in life and I love sharing them with someone else. A kick-back-and-enjoy-the-company-and smile-and be quiet for second- kind of best version.
There is a great honor in good company, and being such. It allows us to thrive and make it through this test of life. When we have someone believing in us, they’re energy remains in our hearts even when they may not be physically present. And that makes us stronger and motivated. And this, my friend, is an everlasting energy for you to possess from others, and for you to unintentionally give to others. Quite powerful, huh?
Strive to polish your self and overcome your angry, selfish desires. Leave a legacy my friends, in which you can continue to shine and live through others because of your amazing self-expression, and remain open to the positive influence of those around you.
(PS: Everyone has something to offer, so just give them a chance to express something you can take from them!)