Make the Mundane Meaningful

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

Quick story:

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.



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Founder Cynthia Barlow

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