One of the amazing companies we work with at Genesis is an organization called Be the Sun, not the Salt. The company, founded by Dr. Harry Cohen and Connie Fontaine is all about spreading heliotropic behaviors and encouraging people to be the Sun, and not Salt in all of their moment to moment choices.
Dr. Harry Cohen often says, "Leave them with an afterglow, not an aftertaste." It's somewhat of a sequel phrase to Be the Sun, not the Salt, and one that has always stuck with me as I try and be more heliotropic.
Being the Sun, not the Salt is all about YOUR choice to be your best-self. But what does that mean for those you interact with?
When you are your best-self, you are a more positive, happier person. You are caring and compassionate, helpful, and loyal. All these qualities, not only improve your life, but they improve the lives of others. Think about a time when you interacted with someone who exuded positivity and warmth. Did you not walk away feeling better about yourself and even inspired? We at Be the Sun, not the Salt would refer to this as an afterglow. Something that you get when you encounter someone being the Sun.
Just as you can leave someone with an afterglow, you can also leave them with an aftertaste. This comes from being the Salt. We often are unaware of when we are doing this. When you don't act as your best-self, when you are rude, or even indifferent, you can leave people feeling diminished or annoyed. If you leave them with a bad aftertaste of your interaction, they will likely avoid you the next time!
The key to leaving people with an afterglow instead of an aftertaste is simple. Just take a moment to think about it. Think about how you are making them feel. If you act as the Sun, you will leave people with an afterglow. If you act as the Salt you will leave them with an aftertaste. Strive to be heliotropic in all your interactions and make people feel happy, valued, and inspired.