About twenty minutes in, I wrote my friend the following txt message:
“You know that feeling you get when you start reading a book and just know that this book will change your life? Yup. The 4 Hour Body. Next time you’re in a bookstore, read the first few pages…”
I hit send and suddenly realized that I hadn’t programed my friend’s new number into my phone. I had just txt’ed a complete stranger!
I started thinking about who this stranger might be and what it would feel like to receive such an odd message from an unknown number. How would I react?
There have been a handful of moments in my life when I stumbled across a video on YouTube or TED that changed everything, hurtling me down a new path I never knew existed. There were certain people who said certain words that inspired life-altering ideas, whether or not they knew it.
Many of these were serendipitous coincidences that came to me at the exact right moment- precisely when I needed to hear them.
A Ready Receptor
For these moments to have happened, I had to be open and ready to receive the message. A year, month, or minute earlier and I might not have been ready. If you’re not looking out for signs, you will miss them.
Perhaps this is self-centered thinking, but as I sat on that Greyhound, I couldn’t help but wonder… Although an insignificant event in my own life, was this tiny mistake I had made a life-altering omen for someone else? Was it going to hurl some random stranger down a new path toward health, life hacking and lifestyle design? Was he or she in need of receiving that message at that very moment?
Or would my txt simply be ignored?
Maybe months from now this person will look back through their messages and then the time will be right- who knows.
In any case, this experience got me thinking about the interconnectedness of human beings. Things happen for a reason, but not always a reason related to you.
Sometimes a certain event is significant because of how it impacts someone else’s life. Your effect on someone may not be obvious, but that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t happened.
We all impact each other constantly. It’s important not to forget that.