We all know (I hope) how amazing it feels when someone believes in us, right? It's like we have donned a super power cape and are ready to take on the world in whatever arena we find ourselves. Having just one person tell you something is possible and then hold that space for you is a huge gift. Whether it's health, job, or relationships - one person believing in you can be the difference. It's empowering.
So, what happens when an unsuspecting boy finds himself in the doorway of a recent reader and supporter of "What if..?" Well, let me tell you a story.
Just last week one of my readers was at home when her doorbell rang. It was uncommon for her to have visitors in the middle of the day, so she went to the door without knowing what she would find on the other side.
As she opened it up, before her stood a young African American boy, selling magazine subscriptions. She started a conversation with him.
"What are you selling?"
"Ok, cool. Why are you selling them?"
"Well, because I need to raise money.... I want to go to college."
"Yeah, I just don't know how that's gonna happen."
The reader paused as she looked at the boy, and then said, "Wait a minute, I'll be right back."
She went back to her den and grabbed the book she had just received a few days before.
"Here you go. This will help. It's about the power of possibility. It will help sort out the "how" in your question. You'll like it."
The young boy took the book - the reader's signed copy - and they concluded their transaction.
It's stories like this that make my heart smile. What's possible if you simply hold space for it? If you wonder? If you daydream? What's possible if you believe something to be true? What's possible when someone - just one person - believes in you? The answer is simple: Anything.
This story is an example of the grass-roots movement I intended when I wrote What if..? -- changing the world, by changing lives, one person at a time. Did you like what you just read? If so, please share it with your family and friends.