We are who we spend time with

Even though many of us may have spent the last year feeling separate from others, this observation still rings true.

It’s the people we choose to be around. Those who influence the way we see the world as we are immersed in their vision of how things are. And those with whom we share the everyday-ness of living and working, remotely or otherwise.

These are the people we speak with, share lives with, and those whose words we read or hear.

As Jacqueline Novogratz’s grandmother used to say: “Show me who you walk with and I’ll tell you who you are.”

Or noting Jim Rohn’s observation that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.

Are we investing our time in people who hold us up and champion who we are because they believe in who we might become?

I wonder, how might we be more intentional about this?

~ Thanks to Digby Scott who planted this seed, in his Thinking from the Edge newsletter several weeks ago, and Jacqueline Novogratz, who watered it in her article on Moral Leadership: You are the Ocean in a Drop