Touching one’s heart for a mere second can touch their soul for a lifetime, but it’s not until one experiences something so profound that they will be left with their heart on the outside of their body. What could possibly happen in one second to touch someone’s soul for eternity? You may be wondering if I am pulling your leg with this idea, but you wouldn’t believe the things we can see from afar and the vast amount of power that lies inside of us at all times waiting to be unleashed upon the world around us.
The Importance of Human Connection
A recent study found that the average person touches their phone over 2,600 times per day. This is more than twice as often as they touch themselves in any way. The findings suggest that we are so accustomed to being connected to our devices, we forget that it is possible to connect with each other. If we want to reconnect with those around us and feel less alone, we need only reach out and touch them. Touching one’s heart for a mere second can touch their soul for a lifetime.
The Power of a Smile
I remember when I was working at a local grocery store. A woman would come in every day to get her groceries and she always had the same thing: bread, chips, and iced tea. The thing I found most striking about her was that she never said anything to me. She would just walk up, hand me the money and take her items. Then one day as she walked up to me with her usual items in hand, I smiled at her. It was completely out of character for me to do so because it wasn’t my job or anything; I just wanted to make someone else feel good even if it was only for an instant. She looked surprised by my smile but then smiled back at me before walking away.
The Ripple Effect of Kindness
Dhia is an 8-year old girl who was born with cerebral palsy and has been confined to a wheelchair her whole life. A few weeks ago, she was invited to attend the day of service at her temple. It was the first time that Dhia had ever gone to her temple, and she felt very special.
When the group of children were singing songs, Dhia noticed that one of the girls in front of her needed help holding up their book so they could see the words on it. Without hesitation, Dhia reached out with her left hand and helped hold up the book while they sang together.
The Transformative Power of Love
As we grow up, the sad truth is that we all experience heartache. For some people, it’s something that they can bounce back from in a day or two. For others, it takes months or years. And sometimes, it can take forever to heal.
One of my favorite quotes is by Hermann Hesse: It doesn’t matter how many times you get knocked down; what matters is how many times you get back up again. And I think that quote really speaks to the transformative power of love. There are so many ways in which love can change and transform us–even if we don’t realize it at the time–and oftentimes those changes happen when our hearts are broken.