“Be the change you want to see in the world” Mahatma Ghandi
Yesterday a friend of mine was over for lunch when my postman, Lloyd, came in my front screen door to drop my mail.
Lloyd is one of those people who makes you happy you are alive. He is fit and energetic, slim and alive with goodness. He is almost 70 but looks 55. Last year he had cancer and was missing from our route for 8 months- a reality we all in our neighbourhood felt deeply.
It was very warm and humid yesterday, I saw the sweat darkening his blue shirt, so I offered him a glass of cold juice. He accepted, said “God bless you” more than once.
My friend said- you are likely the only person in a 5 mile radius who leaves cookies in your mailbox for your postman and offers him juice.
I hope that is not true but it reminded me of my very good friend’s darling mom who used to tape a $10 bill to the lid of her garbage can at Christmas for the garbage men. Years later she was pulled over for speeding, cop asked for her liscence and when he saw the address he smiled and said “I was a garbage man before becoming a cop. I remember you. Thank you” No ticket.
I don’t do the small good stuff because I hope to get something back. When you do something human and good you are getting back in that very moment. Besides, of all the many BIG things in life that are hard or impossible to change, there are a million small things that you can do your way to make a difference.
These people are the landscape to my daily life.
Imagine this soft velvet revolution of change that you can lead.
This is power.
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