Do you want to be powerful?
Power. Authority. Control. Rule. Dominance. Influence. Supremacy. Command. Dominion. Sovereignty. Clout. Sway.
Many of us pine for power. We crave control. We desire dominion. We seek supremacy. We covet command. We aspire for authority. These ambitions are not necessarily ignoble or nefarious. They may even be appropriate, if our motives and goals are altruistic and magnanimous. Just remember…In climbing the ladder of success, make sure that people are not the rungs!
Many of us may feel insignificant if we are not powerful, as defined by the world’s standards. Many of us believe power is only reserved for those who have fame and fortune. The truth is that each of us has power. No, it might not be the command and control over a company, corporation or country. It might not be the authority over an association or organization. It might not be the influence over an institution or industry. If you do possess such power, good for you! No vilification from me, and my hope is that you lead in a dignified and munificent manner. Once again, I respectfully put into proffer that all of us have the power to make choices and decisions. Free will affords us this ability.
Each of us has influence on others. None of us is completely autonomous. As you may have heard many times, no man or woman is an island. We are all inter-connected and inter-dependent. By our actions, choices and decisions, we inexorably affect those around us. Furthermore, this can cause a rapid ripple effect, especially when technological advances are making this world a truly “small world after all.” Social networking and media has indeed facilitated and fostered our influence on others, near and afar. We can broadcast our thoughts, feelings and opinions instantaneously to individuals across the Earth. A face-to-face chat with a friend, an email transmitted to our network of friends, a blogsite visited by millions around the world…we all have power in one way or another.
Our sway can manifest itself in a plethora of ways. An affirming word can cheer up downcast and discouraged souls. A benevolent act can enhance joy for depressed and deflated individuals. A thoughtful decision can precipitate peace, harmony and unity. A heartfelt sharing can inspire the lost and listless. A loving assurance can increase security and stability for the hopeless and helpless. These are some ways that what we do and say can either propel others onto a path of hope and healing or push them down a passage of despair and destruction.
Whether on a small or grand scale, let’s be a force and source of goodness to others. Many of us expend so much of our time, energy and resources to seeking power over multitudes. Instead, let’s be more focused on and desirous of being a source of goodwill to those in our spheres of influence. In doing so, may we always remember that judgment starts at home. Therefore, let’s treat ourselves first and foremost with respect, honor and dignity. As we cultivate and abound in sincere love, peace, joy and security in our heart, mind and soul, we are then truly empowered. Let’s use our power to influence others in responsible, humble and charitable ways!
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