the thought does count

the thought does count
 photo by jill banach

photo by jill banach

Sometimes the universe has a way of picking us up when we need it most. The other day I was humbled by a first-hand account of the power we each have to uplift those around us. So much inspiration and motivation comes from each other, and if you open your arms to others, others will open their arms to you.

One of my friends recently challenged herself to reach out to people she hasn’t spoken to in a while. I thought this was a great idea, so I decided to join. I reached out to my cousin’s girlfriend, who I had met for the first time a couple weeks prior. I was so impressed by her genuine, charismatic, and endearing personality. I told her that it was so refreshing to meet someone who was such a source of light. It was important for me that she be reminded of her apparent gifts.

Simple gestures mean more to people than you probably realize. I was reminded of this when, two days later, the same friend I had reached out to, sent me a picture of a sticky note she stumbled upon at a random desk in the library. The sticky note read: “It’s going to be okay. One step at a time.” This simple thought had the power to completely change the course of her day, and now my day. At a hectic point in my day during an overwhelming week, this is what I needed to remind me that life was greater than this passing stress.

What is important is how we make others feel. It’s so rewarding to go out of your way to tell those you care about that they are special and you appreciate them.

I thought about the many levels of connection in this “inspiration chain” that I experienced. My friend who enthused me to participate in this challenge. The friend who I reached out to, and who circled the positivity back to me. The person who wrote the sticky note message. These are people who may or may not have had any previous connection to each other–but now all share a strong link. We may never know who else is involved in that link. The world is filled with countless of these coincidental ties. And I truly believe that it is precisely these interactions that are constantly intercepting to create a more peaceful world.

It’s an incredible process, and it happens all the time every single day. You just have to look out for it. If we all make an honest effort to be a source of light for others, to spread good energy, and to consciously be aware of the encouragement that can come from others, whether we know them or not, we will find great rewards.

Think about how good you feel when the employee who hands you your coffee at the Drive-Thru is especially friendly. And think about how great employees feel when you treat them with the respect they deserve. When you show genuine care in how employees’ days are going, their moods will be uplifted, and they will pass on that energy to the next customer in line. And so it continues. It’s an amazing cycle. And it doesn’t require a lot! We just have to find the compassion that we all have within ourselves. The mysterious and magical part of the cycle is that you may never know who you are inspiring. The chain is endless. At the end of the day, we’re all part of the chain. We’re all connected.

The experience I shared began with a simple thought, followed by the desire to act on it. You never know what people are going through. And you never know how much a message of gratitude will help them along. I can guarantee that everyone appreciates a reminder of what they mean to another person.

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