A Fine Person

The best effort of a fine person is felt after we have left their presence.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If I were to interview everyone you interacted with yesterday, would they all say the you left them uplifted or downcast or would it be a mix of both?  If it is all one or the other, then I applaud you for your consistency. If it is a mixture of the two, then you have some work to do to repair the split in your focus and to consolidate your dual or several personalities.

If you aspire to be a fine person, of course, you would be concerned to give all that you encounter the best possible opportunity to rise up. Whether or not the invitation is accepted by those you encounter is really beside the point; consistently bringing the same challenge to your world is the point.

7 thoughts on “A Fine Person

  1. Joshua

    Well said!
    A timely review, and one that can certainly be done on a daily basis, if not interaction by interaction, for most often we become aware of the “less than” immediately following whereby the opportunity to rise up, is ripe, to move upward!
    Handling the next in a more focused way.
    Thanks for the reminder!


  2. Colin

    I think your point is key. It doesn’t matter how people decide to feel about what you do, as long as you are living with integrity. The only thing we can control is ourselves, and it is important to make sure that we are not just living at a default level, but are actively improving our self-control. Living with purpose is living under self-control, otherwise there will be no consistent forward movement.


  3. Ricardo B.

    I suppose you can say that the degree of your integrity comes from the degree of consistency in your purpose, the greatest meaning you have about your life carried through in action. If something really means alot to you, you are going to find yourself participating in it regularly. The world at large offers many kinds of meanings to people, and I dare say the vast majority of them are mere distractions to what only each individual in stillness can identify for himself to be of deep meaning. The depth of it has to be such that it must force changes in any behavior that is inconsistent with it; if that is not happening, then either you are a saint or simply the depth of your realization is just not there and you have to dig deeper.
    A true sense of purpose does not let you rest until all things in your life come under its governance and is harmonized with it. The grandness of what true life offers awaits on the other side of the bridge!


  4. MMc

    If we’re concerned to leave things better then found them this is a measure of it. Sometimes we get so used to those around us there can be almost an ignoring. Being busy can be a cover up too. There’s always a moment to acknowledge those around and give a feeling of warmth.


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