Have y'all ever thought about the effect we have on each other? I think about it all the time. People affect me more than I realize. And in ways I never expect.
I spend 9 or more hours with people at work. I think I know these people well, but really only one side of them. We all have an affect on each other, if someone is in a bad mood others take notice, and we all love to share in some one's good news. Occasionally I get to see them outside of the work environment and it seems weird.
The gym is different. I see the same people everyday but rarely talk to them. The gym isn't a social place, only a little bit for me. I usually try to stay focused and spend the least amount of time there with the most benefit. I think I give off an air of being unfriendly or something.
I usually drive home the same way and I see the same homeless man, always in the same spot. He even has an affect on me. I try to imagine myself in his shoes, or wonder what his story is; how did he get to this place in his life? Could I live without many of my possessions? I guess I could, many people in the world have far less than I do and they survive.
We all judge people, evaluate them, criticize them, and label them everyday. We form an opinion of others and we hardly even realize we are doing it. But I really try not to. We are all in this life together. We all affect each other, we are all connected like threads in the fabric of life.
I think about this and wonder: "What mark am I making in this world?"