“I consider myself to be just one among 7 billion human beings. If I were to think of myself as different from others, or as something special, it would create a barrier between us. What makes us the same is that we all want to lead happy lives and gather friends around us. And friendship is based on trust, honesty and openness.” ~ The Dalai Lama.
The other day I worked on someone who is a best selling author and speaker. At the end of her program a student offered up her scheduled massage in thanks for what she had gained during the weekend. This woman was so grateful. For the student’s generosity, for my work, for how good she felt, for being taken care of.
And she shared that gratitude. With me. Several times during the service.
I was struck by the honesty of her gratitude. Some people who are best selling authors, speakers, rich or just of a particular mindset, take this kind of thing as their due. I will put words to it, though I don’t know what is going on in their heads, but the words that pop up with those people are superior, entitled, swelled with their own significance. Again, I have no idea what is really going on with those people, this is just what I see from the outside - in the media or in person.
When I saw the quote above on FB this morning it reminded me of my thoughts surrounding that service.
What I offer was valued during that service. What the student offered was valued during that service.
My client’s reaction didn’t make me special or great or superior.
It made me grateful. For so many things beyond this person who was saying thank you, this feels amazing.
So many things. My parents, who are my friends. My sister, who is my friend. My nephew, who lights up my life. My friends, who are my family. My kitties, who curl up with me when they aren’t tearing around my apartment destroying things. My new apartment. My previous landlords. My office, that I walked to twice yesterday, getting in four easy miles. My body, that I love.
Among other things.
We are all the same. We are all energy. The better we are to each other, the better we all feel. One person is not better or worse than another person.
Yes, some people do horrible things. Equally some people do amazing things. Some people are smarter, some not so much. Some people are incredibly fit, others have a different shape and ability. Some people live in the light, some people live in the dark. Some people you will like almost no matter what they do, others you will dislike no matter what they do.
In lifting someone up with your gratitude or your words or your actions, you lift everyone up. One person can make a difference, with very little effort.