With Every Step

The other day I was heading towards the grocery store and there was an elderly fellow in front of me on the way in. He was walking slowly, his legs were bowed, and he was sort of stumbling along, but he was doing okay.

A man passed in front of him, in a hurry to get into the store. He looked stressed. The elderly guy said “Hey, brother, how are you today, my friend?”

At first the guy didn’t respond so the elderly man said again, “Are you alright, sir?”

The guy finally noticed he was being spoken to and responded, “Ah, yes, I’m alright. Just a really tough day.”

Elderly guy said, “I hope your day gets better.”

“Me too, man. Me too!” said the guy with a smile on his face.

Next, coming out of the store were two women with two small children.

Elderly guy went right up to them and said, “Well look at you lovely people. ” All of them smiled. He said, “There it is! What beautiful smiles you all have!”

I started to realize this man was on a mission. I continued walking behind him to see what he would do next.

The next person he interacted with was an elderly woman coming out of the store by herself. He said, “Hello, beautiful. Are you having a good day?”

She smiled up at him and said, “I am now.”

He said, “Good!”

Now we’re in the area to pick up a cart and he’s having a little trouble pulling the cart away from the other carts. I helped him and took the second cart. He looked at me and said, “Thank you so much for helping me. You have a lovely soul.”

I said, “Takes one to know one.” He smiled and winked at me.

Then he was off again, this time towards the Starbucks worker who was trying to bag up some trash. He reached towards the bag and said, “Here let me help you.” She looked up and smiled and said, “Oh, no, it’s okay sir, I’ve got it.”

He replied, “Okay then, you have a lovely day.”

I watched for the next several minutes as this man spread joy and happiness to every single person he could. Not a person passed by him that didn’t end up with a smile on their face.

I looked at the scene energetically. It was like all the people were walking around in individual bubbles and when he interacted with them, he popped their bubbles and a new bubble formed to include him, the people, and all the rest of the people he interacted with.

Soon, there was just one big bubble of humanity, walking together, with higher vibrations than they had just minutes before.

It was astoundingly beautiful.

So often we close ourselves off to others. It’s partly how we protect ourselves. The bubble we create keeps us from feeling others’ pain, keeps us from interacting with strangers, keeps us from feeling responsible for those around us.

But as I saw with this man, the world vibrates at a much higher frequency when we open ourselves up to others and spread some joy around.

I was inspired by this man. He made me smile. He made me think. He made me notice.

With every step, he made the world a little brighter and he made people a little happier. That’s love in action.

Next time you’re out and about, notice what energy you are sending out to the world. Are you closed off in your bubble or are you making connections, raising vibrations, creating smiles?

Share a smile or a good word with someone, a stranger. See what happens to both of your vibrations.

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