Last week I posted my frustration and call to action around the mass shootings and disasters.  Today I was reminded of the “rubber band” effect of these events.  

Over the weekend, my boyfriend Vitus and I had a getaway to Nashville. Over and over throughout the trip, we encountered kindness and compassion. As the number of disasters worldwide increase, these intentional acts of kindness are increasing exponentially. People are wanting to connect, give love, show others that the world is ok, and heal the wounds we’re experiencing.

Vitus and I love live music, so as we often do, we saw lots of bands over our two day trip. You may have had the experience of musicians preaching peace and love.  The bands we saw definitely focused on these messages, and we left feeling hopeful and uplifted. 

Everyone we encountered – other hotel guests, people on the extremely crowded streets of Nashville, and fellow travelers at the airport – was friendly, helpful, and at least courteous.  When a crowded security line at the airport may have been usually tense, it was jovial, patient and friendly.

Within ten minutes of getting in her car, our Uber driver shared the potential danger inherent to her job of driving around strangers, but she remembers there is good in everyone. She said she is protected by her angels and is always safe. She considers herself doing ministry and making a difference just by extending her love and appreciation to her riders.

Our driver into the city was professional but very quiet which could have discouraged us from engaging with him. I decided to ask him some questions about his life and the city and he became increasingly open and conversant.

This may be repetition of the same sentiments you’ve seen on Facebook in the last year. I don’t know about you,  but I need frequent reminders of how we can make a difference in our smaller and bigger worlds. Have you been at the grocery store and someone’s smile changes your day?

When I’m feeling grumpy and I see a kind face, I’m shaken by the realization that what I give in any second could change someone’s life.  And how that could ripple out into the lives of others they encounter.

I was marveling in wonder how my beautiful Uber driver could be possibly preventing bad behaviors, suicides, or even mass shootings with her words of love. She left us with a hug and nondenominational prayers of peace, love and safety.

I invite you to join me in setting a daily intention of extending gratitude or encouragement to at least three people. If we each “infected” three people this way, could it mean world peace?  We could quickly reach critical mass or maybe we already have and are awaiting the outcome of it. If you don’t know what that means, look up 100th monkey effect.