I was lying in bed the other night, about to drift off, when an image of my best friend came into my mind's eye. She's my sweet soul-sister who lives several hundred miles away and I knew she had been facing difficulty lately.
Instead of smooshing deeper into the pillow, I reached for my phone and sent her a quick text: "I'm proud of you."
In the morning I awoke to her response: "Thanks mama. That means a lot to me."
It had taken me about fourteen seconds to act on a "prompt" - a sudden thought of or about another person that comes, maybe unbidden, to one's mind.
Just a few days earlier I was walking downtown with my daughter when I noticed an older vet in a wheelechair who was waiting for the bus. I have seen him around town, and something inside of me said, "Thank him for his service."
But I didn't. I got shy and walked on by.
This lack of interaction really got me thinking about the significance of these prompts, and how a simple act could have possibly changed this person's day for the better. (It may not have helped at all, either; but now I'll never know.)
Start paying attention when an image of a loved one, near or far, comes into your mind. Then, act on it. Send a card, write a text, make a phone call. For some reason, your presence may just be the significant voice they need to hear.
Have you acted on sudden prompts before? What is your experience?
by Emily Nielsen
"I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition."
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