When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance.  Joel Osteen

Every time we interact with others, whether at work or at home, we have the choice about our contribution to the interaction. We can choose to be critical or judgmental, closed or reactionary, indifferent or apathetic. Every time we look out at the world, we can curse those who aren’t doing it right, be fearful of people and events, or throw up our hands in “ain’t it awful” thinking. The problem, of course, is that life mirrors back to us what we put out. So imagine all these things now coming back to us, impacting the quality of our life and our abundance.

What if, instead, we decide to enter every interaction as a benevolent presence? Benevolence is defined as the “desire to do good to others; goodwill; charitableness.” Therefore, being a benevolent presence means we have a charitable inclination toward others and seek to have goodwill in our interactions. This changes our impact completely. Even though we might have to tell a difficult truth or draw a boundary with someone, we do so without anger, hostility, or the need to make someone else wrong. We might not agree at all with something that is going on in the world, but when we do something about it, we do so with the desire to be a blessing, not to curse those involved. The energetics is completely different and blesses all those involved. Then we are blessed by abundance in return.

Spiritual Contemplation: How can you be more of a benevolent presence at home? In your workplace? When discussing current events? In participating in transformation and change?

Affirmation: I am a benevolent presence wherever I go. I am a blessing to others and I am blessed by abundance in return!