This week my story is short and sweet. I went to one of my favorite spots to watch the sun set on Saturday, and the colors were absolutely breathtaking. It was the night before Easter, and it looked like Mother Nature was painting a giant pastel Easter egg in the sky. I could not stop snapping photos because the hues in the clouds were getting more beautiful with each passing minute.
As the colors began to fade, a woman sheepishly approached me from behind and commented on the spectacular sunset we had just witnessed. Then she showed me a photo she had taken with her phone and pointed to a silhouette at the bottom. “That’s you,” she said. I could tell by her body language that she was very uncomfortable talking to me. She apologized for bothering me, but said she felt compelled to ask if I wanted a copy of the photo since it was such a unique image. I reassured her that she was not bothering me, nor did I think it was weird that she took the photo. I thanked her and said that I would love a copy.
It got a little awkward again when she didn’t know how to share it with me. I asked if she had an iPhone. If so, she could “air drop” the photo to me. She giggled nervously and said I might as well be speaking Sanskrit because she had no idea what that meant. She admitted that technology was not her strong suit, followed by a comment about having good intentions but often not knowing how to follow through.
When she was hesitant to take my phone number to text the photo to me, I suggested she simply send it to my email address. She questioned whether I was comfortable sharing my email, and I told her I was a Spiritual Coach and Family Counselor, so my email address was out there for clients to contact me. That seemed to soothe her, so she typed my email address in her phone and promised to send the picture later. As she walked away, I thanked her again and reassured her that her actions were kind, not creepy.
As promised, she sent the above photo to my email address less than 15 minutes later with a brief note, “Have a nice day.” I was very touched by this act of generosity from a stranger. My heart was overflowing with gratitude to be gifted both a magnificent sunset and the kindness of a stranger. It was more evidence of what I truly believe. Human beings are intrinsically good and hardwired for connection. It also reminded me of a quote I heard years ago that has stayed with me. “Never suppress a generous thought.” (This quote is attributed to Camilla E. Kimball.) I am very grateful that woman pushed past her discomfort and did not suppress her generous thought. If she had, I would not be able to share the photo that accompanies this blog.
If you are ready to experience more peace and connection, I invite you to join me online for my first Group Coaching program. I’m calling it: “Stay Centered in Swirling Times.” This 4-week program starts on Sunday, May 1, and finishes on Sunday, May 22. With so much divisiveness and rapidly changing circumstances in the world, I felt inspired to create a sacred space where we can gather to support one another, experience safety, and help each other return to peace. Click here for more information and to register.
If you are having a difficult time as a mom or with a mom, please join me on Saturday, May 7, (the day before Mother’s Day) for my next online Family Constellations workshop. We will be “Examining the Role of Mom with Family Constellations.” Something truly magical happens when we meet in the Knowing Field to help each other heal from inherited family trauma. Click here for more information and to purchase a ticket.
Until next time, may you follow your heart and never suppress a generous thought. You just might make someone’s day!
A miracle is never lost. It may touch many people you have not even met, and produce undreamed of changes in situations of which you are not even aware.
A Course in Miracles ~ T-1.I.45:1-2