You make a difference when you connect with others.
Connect To Make A Difference
Every time you connect with someone, you make a difference in your life and in their life. At the time, you may not realize that your smile or your conversation matters. And you may never know that what you did or said made all the difference at that time in their life.
Calm on the Outside
I've learned that everyone has a history and a story. No one is ever as calm or strong as they seem. People tend to put on an impenetrable, contented front. Just because someone seems happy and carefree, it doesn't always mean they are. Many people walk cheerfully in the world while emotionally struggling to get by.
We know this, of course. But we don't often pay attention until something dramatic happens. When Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef and food travel documentarian, and Robin Williams, the famous actor/comedian, committed suicide, we were all shocked and saddened. Of course, it was unexpected to those of us who didn't know them personally. Williams was a comedian. He made us laugh. Bourdain was a confident, articulate, talented man who entertained us with new foods. We never saw their struggles because they hid them from us.
It's hard to believe either of them could be sad enough to take their own life, right?
Make a Connection
The universe often provides opportunities just when someone needs it. And connecting with others brings benefits to both people. Soak it up and enjoy the connection.
Be your authentic, kind self and you will make a difference at exactly the right time.
It Happens to Me
I have been the recipient of kind words or actions that were just what I needed at the time. Has it happened to you? I'm always very grateful for these connections because they make a huge difference in my life.
And I do the same for others, often without knowing the impact I'm having on someone.
Many times when I bump into someone who I haven't seen in a while, they say, “When you spent time with me ten years ago, listening to what I needed to say, you turned my life around. Thank you!”
Or they offer, “When I heard you speak about how you figured out that milk was causing your joint pain, I realized that it was doing the same thing to me. I’m so glad I heard your talk! You helped me learn that I’m lactose intolerant, and now I take a pill if I plan to have cheese.”
It Helps Me Too
Usually, these reflections and connections occur when I’m feeling a little bit blue or in need of pepping up. I’m heartened when I learn that I helped someone. Sometimes they tell me right away, but often it is years before someone lets me know I helped them.
Remember that you make a difference, too. Thank you!
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Disclaimer: The author is not a health professional or nutritionist. She is offering her research and personal reflections about her health journey and is not providing any type of medical or nutritional advice. This post is for informational purposes only. It is offered as a tool for people to discover their own suspected food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities. Readers are highly encouraged to read, write, and reflect on the ideas presented. Consult your healthcare professional before initiating any dietary or exercise program.
This post was first published on Recipe Idea Shop January 17, 2022,