I was walking down the street and a woman gave me the biggest hello and a big smile, saying “Hello. it’s so wonderful to see you!”
“Nice to see you too!” I responded, though I didn’t know her. She was just saying “hello.”
A Life Ripple
It was just a couple of seconds of an exchange, but I picked up her energy and smile and said hello to the next strangers who passed me all the way down the street.
“Hi, how ya doing?”
Some people smiled back. Some, looked at me confused like “You talking to me?” Still, I continued to feel the energy of the woman who passed it to me. She’d lifted me. I felt happy just passing it along.
Hours later, the woman who had said hello found me on social media and said she’d been having a rough day but then she recognized me on the street and said it made her happy.
I never would have guessed she was having a rough day. She seemed so full of joy and it felt like she passed it on to me like a gift.
So wild isn’t it?
We bump into each other like atoms, creating negative or positive energy. Sometimes we don’t ever realize the energy that ripples out from us and how it impacts others.
A friend called me the other day. She wanted me to know the I Dare Me talk she heard me give 3 years ago before we knew each other, helped her lift herself up after her husband died, and inspired her to try something new: real estate. She wanted to share the news with me: her first million dollar sale. “You dared me. That’s how it happened. It never would have happened otherwise.”
Of course, I don’t believe it. It wasn’t me. What I do believe is she just chose to take that positive energy and move it in a new direction for herself. She took ownership of it. She dared herself.
Another Life Ripple
I was standing at a food counter before an important meeting and knowing, well..I just ate onions. I needed a mint or gum. The woman behind the counter said “sorry, we don’t sell either here.” I didn’t have time to go somewhere else. The young pregnant woman standing next to me heard my dilemma and reached into her purse…”cinnamon gum?” I was so grateful.
That small kindness created an exchange.
“When are you due?”
“Any day now,” she said, patting her belly.
She told me her name. I told her mine. We’ll probably never see each other again but I was so touched by her.
And Another Life Ripple
It’s small gestures. They may go nowhere. They may ripple far beyond you like waves. You don’t know where they will land. Just a, “Hello!” Just a, “Here, I can help you.” Just, “A dare. Take it.”
And actually, It’s not “just”.
I suppose it’s really a MUST to acknowledge and try to be aware all of our actions ripple through friends, co workers, family and strangers too.
I know, it’s a little woo woo. But it’s true woo woo. You know it’s true because you’ve experienced this before, too. And so, I hope you’ll carry this little ripple with you today, pass it on in your own way.