observations and opinion
The response to that re-publication has been very strong and quite affecting. Some examples are shown below.
Today, I wrote back to the person who first sent me the song, to remind them of the metaphor of how we might toss a stone in a pond, never knowing where the ripples will reach. This pebble has reached many a faraway shore.
This is the power you have, gentle reader. Not with a blog or a billboard or your own songs necessarily. Just with a few words, or gestures – kind or otherwise, a single act or omission, an invitation or an exclusion. You should never under-estimate the enormous, invisible reach of your deeds and words. Even among strangers, souls you will never meet.
Last week, some people had hard days, came home, read about a singer, heard her voice and saw their days transformed. What happened after that? Did they toss a stone into another pond? Who knows. That’s the beautiful mystery of it.
P.S. I declined the marriage proposal. But it was awfully nice.