The following is an excerpt from Live in the Q – The Axiom for Work and Life, reminding us that our connection to others, and being our best with them, can truly happen in a blink.
I was in a Me-Zone mood. Grumpy. I remember I was home, and old enough then to tear off on my bike and get some quick distance between me and a bad day. I can’t remember exactly what had me up and outta there so quickly, but I bet it was a lot of self-absorbed aggravation that came to a tipping point. I was off!
I was peddling to my friend’s house exactly one mile away, as it turns out, (thanks, Google maps!) and every downward push of my leg released some ornery fumes of some sort. Every second I coasted was a chance to complain about something else. I weaved across the busy street, jumped the curb and was on a clear sidewalk straightaway for a good block or two. A large fenced orchard was on my left. My storm cloud was following me.
Up ahead was someone walking my direction. I had to make sure I passed her on the left, and when I did, I glanced at her quickly, to see who would be instantly eating my dust. She smiled at me.
I had never seen her before, but I had heard about her before. I think it was my mom who told the story about a girl and her siblings that lived somewhere within our community of Orem, Utah. Many years earlier, her mother, who had been suffering from a mental illness, tragically tried burning the house down with her children inside. I know that at least one of the girls survived. She had a scarred face from the fire.
And she smiled at me.
To the girl who walked past me that day, I don’t know your name, or where you are, or anything more about you. But you need to be in my [blog], in order that somehow, some way, some day, I may be able to thank you for changing my mood instantly. I was a better person in the milliseconds following our brief exchange. I am a better person writing about you now. Your smile has had a lasting impact on me. You are the only evidence needed to show that living quintessentially knows no bounds, or speed limits. And that bonding with another person… can happen with a smile–and in a blink.
Wherever you are–thank you!