#33: So you wanna be a good person?
On support, encouragement, and self-actualization
I visited close friends in Austin, TX, this past summer.
It was a brutally hot summer day, but not unusually hot.
I stepped outside on the balcony and thought to myself, “Wow. Austin sure can feel like an oven in the summertime.”
Lucky for me - I was indoors in an air conditioned home.
I was sitting at a wood farmhouse table in the dining room.
My Macbook was in the middle of the long wood table; and a book, with a white, yellow, and blue, soft cover was to the left of my Macbook.
A cat, Cocoa, was sitting next to the book, her green eyes staring at me.
I was a stranger in Cocoa’s home, and she was still getting used to me.
“Don’t worry, Kitty,” I gently said to her. “I just want to look inside of the book. You are just fine where you are.”
I’m glad that she trusted me.
Just imagine if Cocoa scratched the pages of the book, or my laptop…or me - what a cat fight it would have been!
Ha-ha. No, no, Cocoa is a good kitty and we developed a strong connection during my time in her home.
Fast forward eight months later, and I am reminded of the book and of my experience in Austin.
What jogged my memory was seeing Scott Barry Kaufman’s tweet this morning. Scott is the author of the book Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization, the one that was on my friends’ dining table, and the one that I wrote about in my newsletter post Open your sail, while Cocoa was gently watching over me.
Scott is awesome because he eats his own dog food. He wrote a book about Maslow’s self-actualization model, and it’s evident by his actions - by the way that he shows up on social media - that he lives by his teachings.
But it’s more than that. It doesn’t seem like Scott is not one of those big Twitter accounts that says a bunch of stuff people want to hear because he’s trying to get more followers or because he wants to sell something or because he wants to stroke his own ego; no - it doesn’t seem like it because Scott replies to most comments on his tweets and he retweets tweets, from all types of accounts, to boost people up.
He truly is a friendly and supportive person on Twitter, and probably in real life too.
To wrap up, I’ll leave with you with some food for thought. You can click on the Tweet to read people’s comments. They are very uplifting!
As always, thank you for reading, and I wish you a fulfilling and meaningful 2022!
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