Just imagine what the world might be like if the highly sensitive people were in charge. Shopping malls, if they existed, would play soothing music at low volumes and eliminate the flashing lights. Restaurants would be designed such that you could talk in a normal tone and be heard by your dinner mates; shouting to be heard over the din of the other diners, the kitchen, and the wait staff a thing of the past. Television would stop emphasizing violence and focus more on the good stuff of life. Oh, those could be the days…
What is a highly sensitive person, you may be asking. I can’t recall the first time I heard the term, but I do know it was shortly after the book, “The Highly Sensitive Person, " by Elaine Aron, was released. It’s best to read the book to get a full view, and in the spirit of explanation I’ll give a few bullet points here:
Why am I bringing this up? Because Leslie and I are highly sensitive people and we spent our lives up until we heard the term wondering what was wrong with us. In light of this new information we understand that there are many like us; in fact, a quick poll of those we enjoy being with shows that many of them are highly sensitive, too – who knew! Oprah always says when you know better you do better. Applying that to this newfound knowledge about being highly sensitive, ponder these questions:
Learning about and living as a highly sensitive person can at once be challenging and the most rewarding thing you’ll ever do. Owning our own businesses, running workshops and teaching classes, developing a business alliance with a day spa, coaching one on one clients, and being part of a supportive community – our partnership first and foremost – have been terrific ways for Leslie and I to take care of our sensitivity. We encourage you to find the support you need to discover the true contribution that you are, just as you are. What first step will you take today to embrace your gift?
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