What Heather Knew

Heather knew she couldn’t change the world, but she knew that she could change herself. So, the next day, she hugged fifteen people and wrote notes of encouragement to three others she knew were going through struggles in their lives. She even smiled and said, “Hello”, to strangers she passed on the street.

By the end of the first week, Heather’s world had been noticeably changed. People where she worked were much more pleasant and not afraid to encourage others. Heather was thankful she’d been given the courage to risk a bit of herself in order to make a difference.

What Heather didn’t know was that out of the fifteen people she hugged the first day, twelve of them hugged ten people each the first week. And so on, and so on…

What Heather didn’t know was that three people she send notes to, wrote letters of encouragement to three more. And so on, and so on…

What Heather didn’t know was that the strangers she smiled at felt the love in her heart and passed it on to other strangers. And so on, and so on…

Within the next two years, the ripple of love spread throughout the world.

All Heather knew was that her area of the world was much improved and although she still felt she couldn’t change the world, at least she could change her part of it.

That’s all Heather knew.

©Jennifer Steck 1995

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