Our physical footprints leave impressions of where we’ve been and where we’re going, but they’re a bit impermanent aren’t they?
There are “invisible footprints” that we’re leaving all the time that can have a much greater impact and are far more powerful. They are created through the ideas in our minds; and when put into action, leave a lasting imprint or impression for others to witness or experience.
Now we’re all born with this handy, jim-dandy, automatic mental camera. It operates with every thought we think, anything we look at, feel or experience. It can take more pictures per second than you can shake a stick at. And what’s more, it never runs out of film, batteries or memory. Then we store up all these pictures for some reason, or perhaps for no reason at all.
Our ideas are largely formed from these pictures for better or for worse. Inevitably these pictures – thoughts, memories and ideas of pleasant or painful experiences – are shared through word of mouth or whatever media and passed on to others virally; it’s just human nature.
I suppose at this point I could draw a long philosophical beard and introduce a theory of societal reciprocity wherein we tend to treat others as we have been treated; responding to a positive action with another positive action, and responding to a negative action with another negative one, but maybe another time . . .
I’m just saying that if you’re alive, you’re interacting with others; and whether you like it or intend it or not, you’re leaving your own invisible footprint on their lives through your thoughts, ideas, actions or inactions and relationships.
Ideas inspire action or inaction and both have consequences on your life and the lives of others. The invisible footprint you make on others can have a potent impression long after it is left . . . just as those left by others do to you.
Make sure your actions and inactions are as free as possible from unintended consequences – because the invisible footprints you get are remarkably similar to those you give.
daniel w. jacobs
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