Visionary Seth Godin queries:
Who would miss you if you were gone? If you didn’t show up to work, didn’t send out that newsletter, didn’t make that sales call, didn’t tweet that tweet… who would miss it? How does your answer shape how you’ll live out 2015?
What if I just disappeared one day? Maybe some of the people I work with and for would miss me for a bit. They wouldn’t really miss me, in that aching, hole-in-the-universe sense. Not unless we’ve become part of each other’s “patch of the planet.” That’s the term Jeffrey Davis, leader of our #Quest2015 pack, uses. I think of it as describing those who stick around because of what we offer each other, and because of who we can become though our connection
In my patch are family, friends, and close colleagues. Those with whom I’ve shared laughter and tears, births and deaths, celebrations and mournings, achievements and losses. There are others in that patch too, whom I don’t know as well but with whom there’s a mutual delight, caring and support, of being packmates, of having each other’s back as we run toward a life of purpose, fun, and making things better.
How does knowing this affect how l will live in 2015? It reminds that I’ve made the right choices much of the time, and that I am incredibly fortunate to be able to have done so. It reminds me to keep paying attention. I’ll try to do that. It reminds me that I have people in my patch who reach out to me,stand by me, walk with me, put up with me and make me better. I’ll try to do the same for them.
It’s a big planet. My small patch is full of riches. That’s you. Thanks, people.