Make the Mundane Meaningful
“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” ~Scott Adams
Not long ago I ran a bit long with a client at the end of the day. I had conducted an EQ session which had gone very well and felt alive, the way someone does when engaged in fulfilling work.
By the time I made it back to my neighborhood, it was close to 8:00 pm. And I was hungry.
I stopped in a local Italian restaurant and ordered a pizza to go.
While waiting, I struck up a conversation with a woman, also waiting. Supported by two elbow brace crutches, she explained that she had muscular dystrophy and would eventually be unable to walk. She didn’t lead with this info; it was revealed organically. It was a sincerely pleasant conversation.
We ended up leaving together and crossing the street in front of the restaurant before heading to our respective homes.
It took a good two minutes for her to shuffle an inch at a time across that small, two-lane street. That’s a long time.
I stood in the middle of the street, holding traffic, hoisting the pizza box above my head like a waitress. We laughed; the drivers were kind.
Walking the remaining block to my apartment it suddenly occurred to me that in the grand scheme of things, that 15-minute interchange with a stranger was as important as any with a CEO, and as fulfilling; I felt equally as alive.
Ripples come in all shapes and sizes.
The point: Even the mundane can be meaningful when we view all acts as equal.