Some of my favorite emails are one or two lines long. Here’s one that a friend of mine sent me recently to get the conversation going.
The subject line just said: “Hey” and the body of the email had the following <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Kunitz” target=”_blank”>Stanley Kunitz quote:
“The Universe is a continuous web. Touch it at any point and the whole web quivers.”
The imagery that this brings up for me underscores our connectedness and the fragility and sensitivity of our connections.
Recently, during a women’s circle, I had a chance to visit with my friend.
She shared with us that since coming upon this quote, she is more cognizant of how connected we are and how one word uttered here may impact someone who is miles away – in her case, her son. And, she said that realizing how her words can impact her son has helped her be impeccable with her speech when dealing with difficult situations that arise.
Who do you care enough about impacting that you would be willing to choose kindness (and maybe silence) over being right?