A number of years ago, I was asked to help care for an elderly gentleman in the neighborhood who needed the dressing on his leg changed once a day. Even though this was not a difficult thing for me to do, I wasn’t thrilled about it for several reasons; It meant committing for an indefinite period of time to do something everyday, and because this man was a retired surgeon, and was very particular about his medical attention (as well he should have been), knowing this, and not wanting to make a mistake, made me feel uncomfortable.
After about a week of caring for his wound in a fairly mechanical way, and getting little in the way of positive feedback from him, one morning I was driving to his home and the song, Everything That Touches You, by the Association, came on the radio. Since this was one of my favorite songs, I was singing it in my car and kept singing it (in my mind) while I changed his bandage.
As I was leaving his bedside, he grabbed my wrist and said, “You have magic hands. You really do!” He had tears in his eyes and I felt wonderful. I bought the cd and kept it in my car to play everyday before I saw him. Our time together became something that I looked forward to and when his leg healed, I actually missed seeing him so often.
What we are thinking matters so much more than we can even imagine, and it is felt by everyone we come in contact with. How about this weekend, choosing a song that has lyrics which radiate the words you would love the world to feel coming from you, and try “singing into” every situation that you meet.
“Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do, it bears your signature.” Thich Nhat Hanh
The YouTube video for “Everything that Touches You” is below