Janet Pearlman

Living in the Stream of Yes

Connection Sustains Us


We mean so much to one another. Doesn’t it feel good already just to hang out with that thought! Such a useful tool to keep handy in our uplift tool kit!

During an online webinar, Carolyn Myss, a renowned figure in personal and spiritual growth, told this story.  In an urban area, a man, call him Carl,  felt distraught and unable to cope. He walked the streets considering whether to end his life with razor blades or pills.

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Agitated and filled with despair, C reviewed his options obsessively as he came to a street corner. The cars were stopped waiting for the light. He halted, watched the traffic, glanced into the street.

There in her car a motorist looked directly into his eyes and offered a big smile.

That moment changed Carl’s life.   How do we know? This dear man later wrote to Carolyn to share his story. As though awaking from a dream, C realized he wanted to live. Loving that story, Myss tells us that it demonstrates a moment of Grace. Her point: We mean so much to each other. A smile can and does save someone’s life.

WE have all experienced the good feeling of helping someone else. Perhaps some of us keep a storehouse of those memories and periodically review them.

Isn’t it fun to realize we may not know when our smile, a greeting, or words of support might mean a great deal to someone.  Why not proceed through life and show up with connecting in the parking lot, supermarket, workplace, on the street and more? 

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Set the scene in a Whole Foods Market. A woman we will call Elodee received communication on her phone that her beloved father had passed away. Shocked, she starts screaming and then overcome with grief E ends up on the floor of the entrance.

Several strangers got down on the ground with her and held her hands. They stayed with her until she calmed. Later Elodene posted an inquiry on Facebook wanting to identify and thank these supporters. This woman credited these “guardian angels” with “saving” her. She feels a profound and lasting gratitude for what love she can receive when she really needs it.

Serendipitous Sharing

One day though Aveline had already been to Whole Foods once that day, A felt an impulse to return for one more item. While popping in she spied a special cosmetics display and felt drawn to it. She chatted with the Customer Service rep, first to appreciate past good service from this company. The conversation branched out and A found herself mentioning her currently hanging art show its location, an agency whose mission is to provide counseling to low income women.

The Service rep then shares her dream to offer a make up workshop to poorer women who could use the skills for job searches, complete with samples for them to take home.  What a juicy conversation! We both parted inspired and this staffer had the name of the organization where she could start a conversation about her deeply felt wish.

If we pay attention, we can cast light into dark places as we go through our day. We can notice how it is happening to us through us to others all the time. Isn’t that cool?

As the author took a break before publishing this piece, she listened to her audiobook du jour. As she chopped veggies, the narrator told an incident of a stranger coming up to the car where the heroine was sobbing. They spoke briefly and parted. Then the star thought, “I think I am alone and then pop there is someone who shows they care.” Wow Force of Good offers living validation of this blog!

We enjoy uplifting so much! Do you want to send in an incident of what occurred around you, through you? Please comment. Every day we carry Good for ourselves and others!

About the Author

Janet Pearlman is a spiritual teacher, counselor, healer and artist. In these posts composed of true stories, she inspires others to know themselves and compassionately to develop skills of empowerment. In her forty-five year journey of self-discovery, she has deeply studied the teachings of Abraham-Hicks, Ernest Holmes and more. Janet offers individual sessions by phone and in person. Please contact her at jpearl555@earthink.net to arrange an appointment.

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