You know what's awesome about today's world? You can sit in your family room and write a blog about your life or an article about your experiences, and out there, somewhere, someone reads it and is touched by it. It can be an individual with a personal story of their own or someone who works at a company that is trying to give back to their community. They reach out to you and want to connect, maybe to say thank you or to become involved in something that you are involved with. I am so lucky to get these gestures from friends and strangers, almost always when I least expect it.
That is the awesome power of the written word, the power of the small gesture. We all have the power to do good without even knowing it. The power to make someone happy without even knowing each other. It reminds me of the way you feel when someone sends you a beautiful written note to thank you for a gift, or when you get flowers for no reason, from a friend or your spouse. Why don't we do that more often? It is those unexpected connections that can be the most meaningful, the small gestures that move us. Leave the drama to the fame throwers, follow and interact with the artists, the authors, the community members, the teachers, the volunteers, the champions, the people who inspire you with their words, their actions, their deeds. Give them a rant of encouragement online and offline. Give the good forward.
I watched 'Jim, the James Foley Story' last night and it is a powerful, powerful story of courage and honor and goodness. Jim, it appears, was not of this world, he had a purity and goodness, that his fellow hostages were and are in awe of. I encourage you to watch the film and reflect as I did about how we can all be more like Jim.
Have a great weekend.