We seem to be in a period of transition – both personally and professionally – as individuals and as a nation. We mourn the loss of friends, family, icons and heros; as well as old ways of doing and ways of being that no longer serve us.

Yet, on the other side of transition is the new, the unknown, the yet to be discovered in what lies ahead.

This time has reminded me of how precious life is in each moment. But then I guess death has a way of doing that – it brings into clear focus what’s important and what isn’t so much.

This is a powerful reminder of not only what’s important to us, but also of the value of living our life fully in each moment – to use our gifts as best we can in service of others, in whatever form that may take. Through our work, our businesses, our community and our families.

Whatever your profession is, however you spend your time each day, ask yourself – “How can I give more of my full presence to each moment?” Whether you’re sitting quietly by yourself or you’re in a room full of people, how can you bring your full attention and an open heart to the situation? As you do this, you give the gift of yourself at a deeper level, leaving an indelible mark on others.

Now, you may be asking yourself, what does this have to do with how I run my business or how I do my job? Everything actually. Have you ever experienced working with someone who was distracted with too many things, reading their email while talking to you or lost in some other thought? What was the impact of that experience on you?

In other words, what’s the impact that you want to leave others with? What kind of impact can you leave that will make a difference for others? That will keep your customers coming back, your team inspired, your friends and family knowing how much you care by giving them your full attention.

Yes, I know it’s pretty common in today’s world. We all have full, busy lives – often times too busy to genuinely connect with the people around us. But it is these connections, these moments in time where we can see each other as human beings, instead of bosses and employees, competitors or colleagues, that we open ourselves to a richer experience of life – even if it is just for a moment.

Because in the end, this moment is all we have. So make the most out of each moment that you can. Give the gift of your presence, your talents, your brilliance – to your family, friends, colleagues and customers. Inspire them to step more fully into their own light and gifts in each moment and see what kind of positive ripple effect it has.

Thank you for your contributions big and small, wherever you may be as you read this.
With gratitude,
Michele