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on: August 7, 2011, 23:14
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By Jim Fallon on June 11, 2008, 02:55:54 PM
A month or so ago while I was taking a shower I noticed that the paint on the wall above the tile was peeling. “That’s not such a big deal,” I thought, “but I should repaint it one day.” What if, just what if, one day I decide to paint that wall above the tile in my shower. Now, I like to do this sort of stuff. My father, as you know if you have read other stories I’ve written, was a painter and I learned all about remodeling houses from him. So, let’s say that now I decide to repaint the wall, and I’m feeling really good because this is going to be fun for me. I go to the hardware store and get the paint, a fun, maybe kind of wild color, and brushes and whatever else I will need - all of the tools of the trade.

Let’s say I’m in line and the person behind me is having a really bad day. The world is ending for them. Perhaps it’s a woman and her name is Mary Doe. Now, I am feeling really good so I ask her, “What’s so terrible? What could be so bad in life?” She is really in the pits so my enthusiasm doesn’t rub off. She gives me the kind of look that says, “Thanks, but no thanks.” We have our little exchange of words and energy, and we both go our separate ways.

Well, Mary Doe gets home and finds that her daughter, Mary Jane is visiting. Now Mary Jane’s got her own life stuff going on. She’s a single mom of two - Dick and Carla Jane - and has all of the “struggles” we associate with being a single parent. Mary Jane begins telling her mother about her life, and Mary Doe tells her daughter about the crazy man she met in the hardware store. She tells her about this stranger - stranger than anyone she had ever met - who started asking her what could be so bad about life? Mary Jane listens, shakes her head, and they finish their coffee and conversation.

Mary collects Dick and Carla and they start on their way home. On the drive they pass a park and at the instant she sees the colored flowers bordering the green grass the words, what could be so bad about life, tickle Mary Jane somewhere deep inside. She decides, “Yeah. What is so bad?!” Instead of going straight home Mary Jane pulls into the park and takes little Carla and Dick for a walk.

During their walk they pass some roses which have just bloomed. Mary stops and shows the roses to Carla and Dick and talks to them about how the rose somehow knows just when to open, and how it knows just how to arrange its petals. She talks to them about how the rose knows it’s different than the daisies next to it, or the violets covering the ground in front of it. Mary, Dick and Carla have a grand time playing and exploring in the park, and then they go home to their life and all of its struggles, and Dick and Carla pop in their favorite video.

Well, ten years pass and little Carla is all grown up and a freshman in college, and she decides to take biology. Her professor is effervescent - he simply loves his life’s work. Carla is enamored by his excitement and during one of his lectures Carla remembers the one afternoon when her mother took her and her brother for a walk in the park and asked them a simple question, “How does a rose know how to be a rose?”

Carla remembers this one moment out of her whole childhood. It causes a warmth and excitement to rush through her and she decides, at that moment, “I want to know how a rose knows how to be a rose.”

Time moves on and so does Carla’s life. Her desire to know leads her around the world through many different teachers and adventures. This unbending desire eventually takes her into the tropical rain forests where she begins working with an indigenous tribe struggling to keep itself alive against what we’ve called progress. Her quest leads her to helping the tribe realize the value of a tea which they grow in a particular way. With the help of some friends she has made in her journey through life Carla begins a company which gives the people of the native tribe work doing what they do naturally - cultivating this plant in a natural and time honored way, and selling it to outside markets - and because of this hundreds of square miles of rain forest are preserved, as well as the beauty of a culture of people which otherwise may have fallen, to be lost forever just like the rain forests are falling now.

All of this - All of this - because paint was peeling in my bathroom shower! Think about it.
The point is: WHAT YOU DO MATTERS! We frequently think that our actions, especially those “small” things like smiling at the clerk in the grocery store, or telling the person at the toll booth to have a great day, don’t matter. Well, THEY DO! Everything you do, from the smallest, innocent smile or kind word, to the grandest gesture or gift, matters. And it matters as if the whole of the universe depends on it. What you do matters, and it matters and affects the whole of consciousness in ways you cannot, and will not, ever be able to comprehend or imagine.

What you do matters, and you will never ever know where the kind look you put on your face will inspire someone to go. You will never know. But, Can you imagine?!

I want to thank all those who took the time to respond to my posts. Much valuable insight was given. Good bye, and may you all have wealth and health beyond any need that you may have. Journey well,
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Jim Fallon

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By Bill Carpenter on June 11, 2008, 02:56:08 PM
Thank YOU. What a great illustration of the interconnectedness of our lives. Wherever you are going... what you do will matter.

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Bill Carpenter, CCHT

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By Bill Gough on June 11, 2008, 02:56:21 ON
Hi Jim,
Quite true. I like the way you thread this together. My life-long connection to philosophy stems from many many simple actions. My great aunt gave me a book on Confucius as a Christmas present when I was eleven! And a friend of my Grandparents, a man who ran a little grocery store, answered a question when I wanted to know what he was reading (Plato) Not only did he take the time to tell me about Plato - but he led me through the parable of the cave when I was, I'd say, eight or nine. Two people who looked past my age, and listened to who I was. The number of people who've helped me in life, are so many that I can't count their numbers; nor can I point to any book that has their name, to any movies about them; they never made it into the newspapers until they died - and each day I am enriched by their having been in the world. Thanks for the reminder. I wonder if I could have your permission to send a copy of this along to my grown "kids"?

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By Debi Livingston on June 11, 2008, 02:56:35 PM
The ripple effect! Here's a true story on the same theme.

Way back in the 70's a group of high school friends were spending a fun day at one of their homes. No parents were there and everyone was having fun, as kids did in the 70's, if you catch the drift, sharing ideas about life and how the whole world was stretched before them - limitless.

In this home was a small bathroom, painted bright yellow and orange, which became a spot for deep, soul filled conversations. As the day wore on a new group of kids arrived; out-of-towners who went to a private prep school.

My friend brought one of these girls into the yellow/orange "conference room" and shared with her all her ideas about life and God and art and peace and harmony.

Flash ahead 15 years later. My friend, now a successful artist living in Maine, met a woman who had a mutual friend in the same town. When my friend introduced herself, and they realized who the mutual friend was they shared, the woman said, "oh my God, you're the girl in the bathroom!" She went on to explain that 15 years ago, while enrolled in prep school, she had been contemplating suicide. On a whim she decided to go out with some friends, while still wondering how to complete the task of ending her life.

She ended up in this yellow/orange room, listening to my friend share her love for the world. The woman said that very day she quit drinking and doing drugs. Her mother was an author, wrote a book and titled one of the chapters "The Girl in the Bathroom" after the unknown girl who saved her daughter's life. Cool, eh?

You're right, we never fully realize the impact, be it positive or negative, we have on other people's lives.

Have fun!
Debi

Debi Livingston
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on: August 7, 2011, 23:23
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By Melvin Higgins on June 11, 2008, 02:56:50 PM
Wow Jim, that was great. I am assuming that you can also mean that it is important as to what we say as hypnotherapists.?

Thanks
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on: August 7, 2011, 23:25
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By Nelson Burns on June 11, 2008, 02:57:01 PM
I don't know why you ended your post the way you did and maybe it isn't my business. But I have a feeling of great loss inside. Jim, I have never met you and yet I feel such a connection with what you write. Your posts are one of the first things I look for when
I sign on. Thank you for sharing yourself and for the gift of your wisdom and compassion. You have been a true light in a time of darkness. So, forgive me for being presumptive, but are you ending your relationship with us, and if so, would it be too much to ask, that you check in with us once in awhile and let us know how you are doing?

Namaste.
Nelson Burns cht

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