Last week while waiting for one of my yoga classes to start, I overheard an acquaintance speaking to a friend. The acquaintance revealed that she had just lost her job out of the blue and wasn't sure what to do next. Despite disliking the job, the shock was still intense and hurtful. Everything she said reminded me of when I lost my job last year. I thought about chiming in with my own story, but I didn't want to disrupt the conversation.
After my class, while getting ready to leave, I saw the acquaintance sitting alone. I was packing up my bag, when I began to debate whether or not to say something as I passed by her. Part of me thought she would like to hear that someone else has gone through this before. Another part of me thought she wouldn't want to talk about it with someone she barely knew. I decided to follow my instinct and say something.
I told her I went through a very similar experience last year, and that I am actually stronger and happier as a result. I told her good things will come from this in time and that it's okay to be sad and upset right now.
This encounter was just a few minutes, then I left.
The next day, I received a text from the acquaintance. She thanked me for reaching out and talking to her. She said it brought her comfort to know that people have experienced exactly what she is going through and to know that in time, things will get better. I was so touched by her response to our short conversation. It amazed me that I even questioned whether or not to take the few minutes of my time to sit and chat with her. It reminded me that small act of kindness can have drastic effects on those around us. By no means did I change this woman's life, but I was able to help bring some light into her darkness. This small act reminded me to take the extra step with the people I encounter.
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around" - Leo Buscaglia
As always, thank you for reading, XO-