“People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.” ~Thomas Szasz

Surrounded by businesses large and small on the floor of Expo West today without my companion of anxiety about where I was in comparison, allowed me to observe the natural product world that I have been working in for years. In the past I often got stuck on first impressions based on the size of a company’s distribution, packaging quality or product intent. My vision was always filtered by my own measurements of what I was doing by comparison. In some ways, I realize that it never really allowed me a full view of what was around me. I think many of us perceive the people and experiences of our life through our own limiting views of ourselves. 

Today I saw the multitude of efforts that thousands of people use their life energy to bring meaningful products into the market place. Every single one of them is offering the best that they have to work for something that has meaning to them. I have known many of these people for years and have always counted my friendships with them as the greatest resource and wealth that my business has given me. It is extraordinary to count myself among the doers and shakers in the world. I love to meet the faces behind the products that I feed and heal my children with. It is a privilege to know so many dedicated people and to realize that regardless of where they are in the distribution game, their struggles and hopes are much like mine.

I marvel at this new vision that my positivity quest opens wider for me everyday. Not only am I seeing myself with new eyes each day, but the world that I thought I had known has actually only been the outer layer of what really is. Joe Cordare once wrote, “To the question of your life you are the answer, and to the problems of your life you are the solution.” Today I saw the truth in this and it feels easy.