Do you know what your actions, life, family, business or organization is communicating?
Every thing you do says something about what you value and believe.
Recently I’ve been so impressed by the actions and message of Pope Francis. Coming into a difficult and unhealthy situation he has managed to hit all the right notes. He seems to understand the message the official catholic church has been communicating through it’s actions…and how that is in conflict with the timeless message of Jesus. Pope Francis has communicated love, forgiveness and acceptance by washing the feet of a Muslim prisoner and by eschewing some of the stiff formal trappings of power in order to connect with the poor. He said this recently in response to his leadership,
“The church exists to communicate this: Truth, goodness and beauty personified. We are all called not to communicate ourselves, but his essential trio” Pope Francis
In our own lives we are challenged to step back and examine whether we are contributing and communicating these same essential truths.
Am I truthful in all I do? It’s possible to be truthful and loving. When you avoid truth you are not living authentically and are always holding back.
Is what I say and do full of goodness? Goodness is all about moving towards what is right, what builds others and is good in the long run. Just as good food will sustain you longer than fast, processed food, so goodness in action will last over the long term.
Are my words and actions easily described as beautiful? Seldom do we experience beauty, but when we do we recognize it. Beauty requires effort, an extra touch of consideration, care and thoughtfulness. Do these things and your life will be significantly more beautiful.
What feedback do you have when posed with these questions? Are there other more important questions? Let me know.