Simple gestures

I have a quote from Rumi posted near my desk at work.  It helps me find my center each morning.  And, it reminds me of the purpose of each day.

“Be a lamp or a lifeboat or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal.  Walk out of the house like a shepherd.”


Yesterday, I was more of a step-ladder…. but it still felt good.

Yesterday, I helped a work acquaintance with the simplest of gestures, a ride back to a restaurant where she had forgotten her wallet.  In doing so I learned that she’d been upset about more than just forgetting her wallet.  We chatted, commiserated, laughed and rejoined our work colleagues who were going to see a movie.

We have all been there when on some given day someone has turned our challenging moment into a moment of relief. Some small catalyst of change …..a kind word, a reassuring hug or a shared laugh…. has changed our perspective and moved us to a more positive reaffirmation of the moment we are going through.

I have been offered lamps, lifeboats and ladders. The kindness of others has taught me about reaching out. But here’s the thing, being a ladder for someone else, lifts your heart as well….in an instant.

My work acquaintance is now a friend.  A simple gesture turned a nice evening into a very nice evening and an acquaintance into a friend.

Rumi!  ….Pass it on!

Life is fine,



2 responses to “Simple gestures

  • Stephanie Bennis

    What a great quote to keep near your desk at work! I’m a big quote person and always try to keep inspirational ones around–even if it’s just on the background of my computer.

    • Sarah

      Stephanie, I am a big quote person, too. The full quote is “Be a lamp or a lifeboat or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd” – just love that! Best wishes and thanks, S.

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