May 23

Reflection

Real power is about presence. It’s the energy of knowing that you are who you are, and therefore speaking and acting from your authentic self. It doesn’t matter what your work is, it is your presence that’s the power. It’s not power over anybody else. It’s just the expression of who you are. Love is the real power. It’s the energy that cherishes. The more you work with that energy, the more you will see how people respond naturally to it, and the more you will want to use it. It brings out your creativity, and helps everyone around you flower.
Marion Woodman

Prayer

May I live authentically.

Action

Consider the power of your presence. Work at projecting a positive and cherishing environment for others.

Suggested Reading

Be under obligation to no one—the only obligation you have is to love one another. Whoever does this has obeyed the Law. 
Romans 13:8

Our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.
1 John 3:18

We must never undervalue any person. The workman loves not that his work should be despised in his presence. Now God is present everywhere, and every person is God’s work.
Saint Francis de Sales

God wants you to live for others and to live that presence well.
Henri Nouwen

The best effort of a fine person is felt after we have left their presence.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Physical presence provides chemical, relational, psychological and physiological effects that virtual relationships cannot. Our brains change in the presence of another person and their behavior.
Henry Cloud

\Presence is more than just being there.
Malcolm Forbes

People also leave presence in a place even when they are no longer there.
Andy Goldsworthy

A great leader also has the ability to make people an inch taller in his presence.
N. R. Narayana Murthy
Few delights can equal the mere presence of one whom we trust utterly.
George MacDonald

Let there be nothing within thee that is not very beautiful and very gentle, and there will be nothing without thee that is not beautiful and softened by the spell of thy presence.
 James Allen

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