If I were called upon to describe my life journey to date, I wouldn’t spend too much time reflecting on the places I’ve seen or the number of kilometres clocked up. I’d rather pay respect to some of the people I have met during this adventure so far.
Would I choose to begin in the present or reach back into the past? Certainly some family members span the time horizon. A few friends in the UK can be traced back to the distant days of my youth, and I mustn’t forget my partner as she has stood by me for many years.
A particular couple of friends in Milan have encouraged me, stretched me and believed in me for the past sixteen years or so. It’s amazing how quickly the days and years go by. Newer friends, contacts and people with whom perhaps there has been just a fleeting interaction enrich life too.
More recently, I’m fortunate to have met an incredible group of people on Twitter. For example, Rob (@robjcameron), Dawn (@morsemusings), Heather (@HeatherBestel), Phyllis (@phyllismufson) and Kate (@BeaBetterLeader) are truly inspirational and, together with the other people I’m connected to via this platform, add value to my time spent online.
Thinking about the company of fellow travellers makes me realize we all have the potential to add something to the lives of those we encounter. Do we even acknowledge their presence or are we just, so to speak, concerned with packing the groceries and getting out of the shop?
And, I wonder, are we memorable to them? If yes, positively or negatively? Being aware of each step along the way takes practice and yet when we focus on the journey rather than merely looking to the final destination we might be surprised by the richness of the company travelling with us.
Your taking time to read this today is much appreciated. If you would like to contribute your input on this issue, please leave a comment below. In any case, thanks for being a part of the journey too.