|Carl the Mailman filming One Fall, Portland, Oregon: photograph by Dave Tuttle|
In that incredibly brief passing moment, I exchanged hellos with Carl the Mailman -- one of the amazing people who serve our community by delivering messages. A couple days later instead of tossing The Hollywood Star News into the recycling bin like I normally do, I felt called to read it cover to cover and there was Carl the Mailman's project One Fall on the last page. I started laughing because honestly if Carl the Mailman hadn't said hello I wouldn't have read the article, clicked on his Web site, or donated to his venture.
Isn't that amazing?! Just stop and think how many times an opportunity is hanging on the sincerity of a smile or hello. How many times did you miss a small yet important exchange because your head was buried in work or up in the clouds?
From this experience, I realized a couple of important ideas:
- In every connection there exists the possibility of a deeper promise just waiting for me to recognize it.
- Being in the presence of genuinely happy people gets me excited about discovering what it is that makes them happy. Moreover, while feeling this elated sense of gratitude for sharing in their happiness, my natural inclination to offer help takes over because I just want to make them feel even happier.
- To fulfill a dream, you need to ask others for help. By allowing others to help move your dream forward, you up the inspiration quotient for a whole community. One big dream builds momentum for the future of many little dreams.
Thank you to Carl the Mailman for sharing with me the gift of staying connected to the present moment and allowing me to help fulfill his dream. May you all be so blessed as to awaken to the many Carl the Mailmans carrying messages out there for you.