“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.”- William Butler Yeats.
This is a short post about a subject that isfar reachinginto our personal stories.The invisible lines that intersect our lives and bring us together with various strangers has always fascinated me.
To think, there was a time when you didn’t know that your best friend or significant other even existed.What was going on in their lives before you met? More importantly, why did you meet? Because, as we all know, each person that comes across your life via an invisible thread has an impact. Each impact, whether good or bad slowly molds you into what you are at this moment in time. It’s as if you’re a planet turning through space that gets struck by various comets, leavingindents upon you at various depths. While some marksare shallow, others are deep. As we take stock of these interactions,often we focus on the negative ones the most. However, there are as easily more positive interactions than negative, if we only shifted our perspectives. Why notresolve to build someone up that you come across rather thantear them down? After all, it is the highest skyscraper in the city that stands out the most. Be the architect of that monumental steel giant that withstands time in the city of your life and others.
“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” -Les Brown.
Just as the ebb and flow of a river is changed when a large boulder is dropped into it, so are our lives when we encounter the large impact of another human being.Ever since the ebb and flow of my life was radically impacted I’ve been contemplating the effectsthat other people have on the course of our lives.Are wepredestined as if by fate and have everything chosen for us? -or- are we but an energetic pinball bouncing off of different circumstances in an infinite universe? Perhaps it is a combination of the two. However, neither of these take into account the random impact thatothers can have on us. Some people will change your direction while others help spur us forward, and yet some will stop us in our tracks. While the impact from each of these is different they are allequally helpful. Why?Because,each one has brought you to where you are nowor taught you a lesson in some way. Some of these human boulders are extremely helpful while others feel extremely unhelpful(at least at the time) buteach one can teach usa valuable lesson. Besides the rivers of life being changed due to a boulder, we can also become stuck as if a dam was built to stop us. How does one get around a dam when it happens? Simple, you must find a way to open it and let the river flow again.Even rivers start witha small drip(headwaters) until they form a puddle whichwill begin to run down a slope in a trickle and eventuallybecome ariver. Althoughvery small, this is where it all begins.Nature itself hasshown us that bigthings can originate from justa smallaction. As with a river even if you’re going downhill, by beginning with a small (positive)action that accumulates into many, you too can become a mighty rushing river!