on impact

I believe everything we do has an impact. No matter how small an act, it ripples through the universe; touching lives.

After an appointment in Dallas today, I found myself driving around looking for a place to have lunch.

I happened to drive past a fountain in the middle of a retail complex. Since it’s about 30 degrees outside, the water in the fountain was frozen in feathery cascades of ice.

Since I’m never without a camera and don’t hesitate to stop what I’m doing to take a picture, I pulled over and got out of my car.

As I was circling the fountain, admiring the beauty of the ice and taking pictures I noticed a car slow to a stop for a moment and then drive on. A few moments later, an older woman started walking toward the fountain; camera in hand.

I smiled at her and said “It’s beautiful isn’t it?”

She said “It sure is. When I saw you taking pictures, it made me want to get some too.”

I said “Have a nice day” and started walking a back to my car.

All of a sudden, I heard a happy squeal and heard “I haven’t seen you in years! How are you?”

I glanced behind me to see the woman hugging someone through the driver’s side window of a car and smiling.

A smile of my own found its way to my face as I got in my car.

Not everything we do has a positive impact on the world. It’s nice that even by chance, we can bring a smile to someone’s face now and then.




  1. What a fantastic story. And beautiful pictures!!

  2. Wow, that really is amazing pictures, and a great story. Thanks for sharing it! =)

  3. @Jamileh,

    I know that particular fountain well and have photos of it which bring to mind my own remarkable encounters there — but with myself.

    I quite admire your captures of the ice drama: good work.

    See you ’round Twitter!

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