Our Outer Accountability – Living Impact

What a delight to have a bit of one-on-one time with Julie after our presentation. Eric Benson and I were engaged with a group as we were unfolding one of our experiences on Impact and Potential.

As I was explaining the creative tension formed by the merger of one’s desire and intent, Julie was locked eye-to-eye with me and frowning some sort of message. Fortunately she didn’t bolt for the door after our group dialogue. So, in the post event mingling I caught her attention and inquired about the story behind that frown.

In the narrative of my presentation I ask the individuals attending “The Question“. In that post conversation, Julie declared that she didn’t do it right. I’ve heard that before. I then asked if she would share her answers with me. At the merge point of her driving desire and drawing intent was the word, Admiration.

We are each a river with a particular abiding character, but we show radically different aspects of our self according to the territory through which we travel. −David Whyte, The Three Marriages

While I know how to define admiration, I asked Julie to tell me about what it meant to her. As she explained she began to see her unique Impact−it was about connection with another (her very presence). It seems that admiration was her way of feeling the result of her own Impact. It was then that she connected eye-to-eye with me once again and said, “I guess I did it right.”

What a privilege, for a few moments, to share the territory through which Julie travels. I will pleasantly hold in memory the beautiful intersection of frown and smile!

See companion truth−Our Inner Territory – an Accountability to Impact