Yesterday was a day of Ups and Downs for Me.
The day started as most of my days start with a trip to my local coffee shop for some writing time.
Then as the day progressed, some of that nasty head trash swirled around in my head.
As the morning progressed, I continued with my work, and somehow the weight of the head trash increased.
As much as I tried to empty the head trash, new head trash poured in.
What a pernicious situation.
I then took my lunch break to change my environment and empty out the head trash.
The head trash persisted, and I felt as though I was destined to suffer through the head trash for the remainder of the day.
Then, I received a heartfelt video message from a former client named Brandon, who I had not spoken with in years.
In that message, he shared with me all the things I had helped him with and expressed a genuine message of gratitude on how I had helped him.
It was such a touching message that tears overcame me.
I was alone at the time, yet my initial reaction was to side-step these emotions and get back to work.
However, I stayed in the moment and continued to absorb his message.
My heart swelled as I recognized that my work had meaning.
What I’m doing matters, and it makes a difference.
Too often, I get caught up in the day to day and pushing myself continually.
It reminds me of a story I’ve read a few times that I’ll call the starfish story.
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.
Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”
The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up, and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”
“Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!”
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said…” I made a difference for that one.”
Too often, I get caught up in the enormous volume of what I want to accomplish that I lose sight of the individual differences I’m making with each person I help.
Brandon’s video message reminded me that I had made a difference for him.
I took the time yesterday to absorb that moment and relive how what I do matters.
I called Brandon that afternoon, and we caught up with each other.
When challenging times resurface as they always do, reflect on prior moments where you did something of meaning and relive that moment.
Each of our lives matters and we need to relive those moments to reconnect ourselves with the goodness that springs from our hearts.
When we reconnect with our goodness, we empty out the head trash.
Brandon’s message came to me at the exact moment that I needed to hear such a message.
Today, I will follow Brandon’s example and spread a message to someone who has made a similar difference in my life.
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