Michelangelo speaks the truth. If you look at this work, you know good and well that he wasn’t just born knowing how to create the masterpieces he is famous for. His talents and enormous discipline intersected with a fateful opportunity: the recommendation of a painter named Domenico Ghirlandaio that he move into the palace of the powerful Medici family…and one thing lead to another, to magnificent accomplishments and fame. What if Ghirlandaio had recommended somebody else?
Have you ever stopped to think about where you started and where you are now? Where your capabilities intersected opportunity? Who had your back, or might have helped you along your path, sometimes in ways that you did not even know you needed help at the time? You didn’t really get there strictly by yourself did you? Did you have mentors – or people who opened doors for you – or helped you along your way? Have you ever taken the time to thank them? Do not assume they will be here tomorrow… do it now. Do not ever miss an opportunity to say thank you.
Who Are Your Mentors? What have they taught you?
“Can you make a list? If you know them personally, have you thanked them? People who have shown you the way at some point and the beautiful mastery of life made sense in their hands. Inspiration is contagious. It fuels you up. You owe them a mention on your lips and in your heart; and you must pay it forward and become a way-shower to someone else.” –Jessica Hagy
The above graphic made me laugh out loud. Also wise words of Jessica Hagy, it is from a wonderful article in Forbes.
The universe works in funny ways- people help us, and if we are wise, we complete the cycle and help others.
“We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don’t know. ” -W.H. Auden
Have you ever noticed that the people who are more gracious also happen to be the people who appear to get more “lucky” breaks? Perhaps they are more evolved. It is as though they have a broader perspective than the others, a bigger picture mentality which realizes that helping others will not subtract from their own good. There is plenty of success to be had for everybody; no reason for jealousy, negativity or snarkiness amongst peers… save that for the smaller minded people.
“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’ ” -Brian Tracy
It is a good idea to reflect upon our present place in life and how we arrived at this place. I do know that I have so much to be grateful for … which means I have many people to thank. How about you?