Last Tuesday, I circled up the ivy covered stairs of my pink stucco office building overlooking the Santa Monica Pier to find a gorgeous spring bouquet of roses, daisies and lillies awaiting me. I was charmed and delighted to find a heartfelt “Thank You” note attached from an anonymous ‘e-volve’reader! Someone following my weekly videos had reached out to say how much my work meant to them and touched their lives. Wow.
We often don’t realize how much our actions affect others. We may notice when we receive a compliment that keeps us going or a sign to keep trudging forward. But, what may not be quite as obvious is how often we, ourselves, may be that very catalyst Your compliment to a yoga teacher after class or the checkout guy at the Apple store, a $5 bill to the person on the corner, an anonymous comment on a blog, a generous facebook “Share”, “Tweet” or “Pin” may be the very thing that makes someone’s day or changes the trajectory of their week – even giving them enough confidence to stay on their chosen career path or take bigger risks because they know they have support.
I often find students (including myself) somewhat jaded and wondering “What does this person have to teach me? What am I going to get out of this class/workshop/blog? What is the ‘Take-Away’?”
Practice a random act of kindness everyday. Be generous. Surprise and delight someone.