It’s virtually impossible that you don’t have a single person with a strong opinion of you.
There are people who are along for our journey in big ways for a long time – friends, loved ones, spouses, relatives. There are also many others who may have an intense relationship, but whose paths only cross ours for a short time. Co-workers, past loves, old bosses or clients.
We have a tendency to leave those behind without thought for how they’ll re-enter our lives, or if they ever will. We’re surprised when we run into an old friend or previous employer. But those people will leave a lasting impression for far longer than they’re directly interacting with you, and it’s good to not only be aware of that, but cultivate it.
Who do you know now that would likely remember you fondly? Have a good opinion of you? That person hasn’t been frozen in time since you last saw them – they’ve grown, developed, changed. They’ve gained wisdom and experience. If you liked each other then, imagine what you could do to improve each other’s lives now!
I like to imagine I’ve left good impressions on at least a few people who I haven’t seen in a long time. Every once in a while one of those people reaches out and it’s always a pleasant surprise. I’d like it to happen more, in fact.
Who could you reconnect with now? Who might you send a nice message to, thanking them for what they’ve done for you? This is a door that almost always contains something great behind it, yet we reach for so rarely.
And if you’re thinking to yourself that there are no such people – ask yourself why. Sow different seeds today, so that in a few years, you feel differently.