Monday, 13 September, 2010  (posted 19 September, 2010)

I’ve just finished teaching our Movers & Shakers workshop
in and wanted to send a brief newsletter that shared a simple,
yet powerful message. Last week I had dinner with good friends, some
of who are dealing with difficult life situations.  During our
conversation, one friend going through a tough divorce said, “I have
this handwritten note in my wallet that says ‘You’re the best uncle in
the world!’  It came from my six-year-old niece who wrote it while
visiting last year.  There are times when it literally gets me through
the day.”

Upon hearing this, another friend shared, “Ever since
finding out that my dad is seriously ill and may not be long for this
world, every day is heartbreaking.  Sometimes a smile from a stranger
is the life preserver I need to prevent me from drowning in the
pain.”

Tiny gestures.  Unexpected moments of connection.  Simple
messages that pierce the heart.  These are the things that often
touch us in profound ways – ways the gift-giver may never realize.

On
this anniversary of 9/11, I still remember feeling deeply loved by a
woman on a train who held my gaze as I cried during a minute of
silence honoring those who lost their lives.  Feeling embarrassed, yet
unable to contain my feelings, her look said, “Don’t worry.  Let them
flow. I’m right here with you.”  She never broke my gaze until the
period of silence was complete.  And I’ll never forget her.

Something
that seems so inconsequential may literally save someone’s emotional
life.   How simple.  How lovely.  How easy to forget.  Please take
this week’s challenge to remember…

Take Action Challenge

This
week, go out and save someone every single day.  Smile at a stranger,
recognize someone’s good act and share it, take the time to
acknowledge a special quality in a , friend, or colleague.  
Heal a life with your words, actions, and love.

This week’s
video comes from my publisher and friend, .  It’s a powerful
example of a Mover & Shaker and it’s a tribute to teachers
everywhere.  You can find it here.  Thanks, Reid!

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