Five Bucks, Six Years Ago

Nov 2, 2011

After almost six years, I just met a friend of mine recently.  Back when we first met, he and his wife used to live in their van and go from gathering to gathering across the US, spreading the word about inspiring messages that made them come alive.  I was quite touched by their spirit, and when they sent out a humble note soliciting support, I pledged $5/month for a year.  Pretty small, by any metric.  When we just reconnected again, after what felt like so long, it was a great reunion.  "I've gotta tell you ...", he started sharing stories.  He signed a million-dollar contract for his book, that has been endorsed by half a dozen Nobel Laureates, and his work continues to spread wildly with a potential TV show coming up.  After couple hours of enthused sharing, he concludes: "By the way, just wanted to let you know that my wife and I will never forget your five dollar pledge.  It meant the world to us at that time and even now."  Lot of people are somewhat mystified by the effortless fruits that arrive at the ServiceSpace doorsteps.  But that's a very superficial view.  With a closer look, you see that we're constantly sowing seeds with trust, tilling the soil with unrelenting effort and watering the plants with deep joy.  Most of the fruits, we may never even see; and those we do, arrive in a frictionless way -- sometimes as a genuine thank-you for five bucks six years ago.

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