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,