I was paging through books I love recently, open to inspiration but not really paying attention when I read the quote below. It snapped me into mindful presence like a cold wind to the face.
“… in this participative universe, nothing living lives alone. Everything comes into form because of relationship. We are constantly called to be in relationship — to information, people, events, ideas, life. Even reality is created through our participation in relationships. We choose what to notice; we relate to certain things and ignore others. Through these chosen relationships, we co-create our world.” ~ Margaret J. Wheatley, Leadership and the New Science
This isn’t the first time I’ve read these words, but they made a deeper sense today. Think about them for a moment… “Through these chosen relationships, we co-create our world.”
If we keep our thoughtful, compassionate, mindfully conceived words and actions to ourselves – if we don’t reach out and offer ourselves in relationship – people don’t have the chance to choose to see us or themselves differently through the lens of that new relationship.
Think about how much is lost when we don’t offer or accept that invitation to deepen our perspectives. We have no idea how deeply we might effect someone’s life. But we will certainly not fulfill that promise if we are silent; if we don’t reach out and offer or accept new relationships.
What relationship might you build today? What new idea or person might you invite into your life?