Here’s a bit of a deep question for you… Do you believe that one person can make a difference?
I used to think “no.” I was a bit of a sceptic.
But that all changed one afternoon with a harmless little exchange by the free weights section at the gym.
I had just shakily arm-raised my way through a rather lame set of 4kg dumbbells when I noticed a lady nearby – she must have been in her late 50’s, early 60’s. And I was struck by her vitality. She was glowing! I hesitated – should I go over and tell her what I was thinking? Thoughts of gym etiquette and invasion of space went through my head.
But I pushed the introvert inside me down, walked over to her and said, “Whatever you’re doing is working. You look fantastic!”
She got this funny look on her face, grabbed my arm and said, “Honey, right then I was thinking I may as well quit. I felt like nothing was happening, that there was no change. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for saying that to me. I’m going to keep at it!”
And she did.
I floated home. It felt good to do good.
It seemed that an inconsequential thought from a complete stranger at the right moment had the power to radically shift her perspective, and for the better!
When I relayed this story to my friends, I found I was not alone – they also think these kinds of positive thoughts about other people. And they also hesitate to share them. We all seem to fear vulnerability and rejection, but it might actually be at the expense of making someone’s day a little brighter!
Think of all that hidden positivity that is sadly just forgotten and lost to the ether, day after day. What if we could free it rather than forget it? What if we used that device we always carry in our hand to appreciate rather than compare, to contribute rather than consume? What if we created a social network that is thoughtful and kind and good, from day one?
That’s our mission with Vibing. It’s an ambitious one, for sure, but the fact that you are here reading this means we are one step closer 😊.
I now wholeheartedly believe that one person can make a difference. Thank you for being that person.
Welcome to Vibing!