Whether you believe in it or not, you have to admit this quote is pretty spot on…
I found this quote connected to an Instagram post from an architect friend. He posts beautiful homes on his feed every day and attaches a fitting quote to the image. Having no knowledge of this “Lois McMaster Bujold“, I looked her up and learned that she is an American Fictional/Fantasy author and has won the Hugo award four times for outstanding novels.
I found the quote quite thought-provoking since my love story with my husband began so many years ago as a version of “love at first sight”. Fast forward 27 years and I can confidently say what I was feeling was closer to an electric attraction than true love (but that’s a post for another day) LOL…but certainly it was an “invitation to consider the matter”. There is no question about that. And consider it, I did. Obviously ;)!
Perhaps the most compelling line was in her opening referring to “first impression”. That’s kind of a big deal to me. I’m not sure if that makes me prepared, idealistic, shallow, or all of the above. You can judge me accordingly, but it is important to me.
I’m not only referring to our outward appearance either. While looking neat, put together, and presentable does matter, equally important is our demeanor, attention to the subject at hand, and ability to truly listen. Anytime we encounter someone, we have an opportunity to learn something, expand our network, and potentially change their lives. Have you ever squandered that opportunity by being unwilling to open up or compromising your influence by behaving badly?
I suppose all of us have been guilty of that a time or two. We are human, right? But being cognizant of how we present ourselves to others and being ready to make a good first impression perhaps will improve our chances,
So you know what that means…Although I recognize that it is very tempting this time of year…NO MORE slippers and pajama pants to Wal-Mart because you never get a second chance to make a first impression and everybody AND their mama is at Wal-Mart this time of year!
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