Oct. 3, 2018
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?