Blog: Checking In

Oct. 3, 2018

From Lisa

A couple of weeks ago, while perusing Facebook, I received a message from a good friend.  It was a cute video of some man telling me how awesome I was and to keep up the good work.  It was just one of those videos someone made that went viral, but on that day it put a huge smile on my face and a happy feeling in my heart.  My friend knew I was going through a particularly difficult time in my life, so it was no surprise to her that it made me feel so good.  What was a surprise was how good it was about to make others feel. 

I decided to forward this message to a lot of my Facebook friends.  I chose friends that wouldn’t think I was weird and I went to work sending it to one after the other.  Some of these friends I hadn’t spoken to in a while.  I had no idea what was going on in their lives.  All of a sudden I started getting responses…..”Oh my goodness, this is so timely thank you.”  “Lisa, I cannot tell you what this meant to me.”  “I needed this.  It has been a rough week.”  Response after response of gratitude for a simple video that I didn’t even make myself.  I found myself in deep conversations with friends I hadn’t spoken to in months.  I started realizing that we all struggle A LOT and that we can all use words of encouragement OFTEN.  What a simple act.  What a profound affect. 

The next day, as I was reflecting on my experience, I started to question myself.  Why had I chosen just those friends.  Why was I afraid to send the message to others? Fear of rejection? Fear of looking dumb?  What if it would have a profound effect on them as well?  Well, per normal, life moved on and I still have not sent that video.  So today I am sending the message to the rest of my friends.  Just to Check In and see how they are doing.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if I made this a monthly habit? 

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