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Thursday, February 10, 2011

a small act of compassion

This is an excerpt from Dr. Meg Blackburn Losey's book "Conversations with the Children of NOW".

"My favorite story is one of a miracle in a moment, from  my friend whom we'll call Barbara:

'I was standing in line at the post office, contemplating suicide.  My husband had died unexpectedly and I felt devastated, completely alone in the world.  I felt as if I had nothing.  I was beyond depressed.  I felt as if I had no reason to live.  I was unloved and unwanted.  There was nothing left, so I was going to go home and kill myself.

As the lines began to move, the lady in the line adjacent to me turned to me and smiled.  Just smiled.  In that tiny moment I felt acknowledged, alive.  I decided that life wasn't so bad after all.  That woman will never know that her small act of kindness saved my life that day...'

Of course all of our actions beget reactions.  In fact, every cause has an effect.  This is called 'ripple effect'.  What has this beautiful soul done with the life that was saved by a simple smile?  She moved to a small village in another country where she teaches the natives how to support their families through faming and learning crafts such as jewelry making.  She also works at a school, teaching the children different crafts that they can use to support themselves and their families in the future.

All from one smile."

Isn't this so beautiful?  I cry every time I read it.  We all have this power.  This SUPERPOWER to help, heal, love.  Use yours today.  Say hello to a stranger.  Smile at someone in CVS.  Make small talk on the train ride home.  Wave to the person who lets you pass on the road.  These small gestures remind us we are connected and appreciated.  You never know how deeply your small, friendly offering will be felt.

This story also reminds me of my gypsy boy in Paris ("Here We Go").  Perhaps the woman in the post office was Barbara's  soul mate making a guest appearance at just the right moment?  Divine timing?  So many fun ideas to consider!  Isn't this Universe AMAZING????????????



  1. Love this, cried and smiled. Love you like crazy. You have the biggest, kindest heart. So glad I can call you my friend, and my family.

  2. very sweet; thanks for sharing. I really try to do this, but sometimes I forget or it's hard! Just bein' honest! Thanks for the reminder...
    xo deb