“I’ve always thought that people need to feel good about themselves and I see my role as offering support to them, to provide some light along the way.” ~Leo Buscaglia
A little more than a year ago, I was running to answer the telephone. When I gazed upon the caller ID, I smiled.
It was one of my beloved friends calling. I hadn’t heard from that person in so long, that I seemed to forget the fact that just moments before I was grumbling because I had to run to answer it.
However the conversation was a little unusual. Well, to be honest it was a little unusual for me.
And at the same time it was one of the best and yet shortest telephone conversations that I would ever have.
Here is how it went:
- Me: Hello?
- Them: Hi.
- Me: Hi there.
- Them: I love you.
- Me: Well… I love you too!!!!
- Them: Bye!
And then they hung up.
A few minutes later, I read an e-mail stating that what had just happened was called “A love bomb”. You call someone up and you say to them “I love you” and then you hang up. Saying nothing more or nothing less.
A few weeks later, I attempted to return the favor. But they just would never answer their cell phone. So then finally I waited for the voice mail to kick in, and then I said “I love you” and then hung up.
Months after that, I finally had a cell phone. And I was learning the ins and outs of text messaging for the first time. I knew what their cell phone number was and I plugged it into my cell phone. Then I wrote a text message.
I didn’t write “I love you” though, instead I wrote “LOVE BOMB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” and sent the text message.
And then I got really creative with it. I would find these manipulated photographs of hearts which went along with a bomb going off. I would take them and then post them on Facebook profiles.
Any and all photographs that were relative, I would use.
So I guess in the end that I was actually very successful in pulling it off. And I’ve been doing it ever since.
Then today, when I saw that my beloved friend was having a tough morning, I notice all of the comments that were left of people offering hugs, I dug deep and tossed them another picture of a “love bomb”. And said to them that while they were getting mobbed with hugs, I was sending LOVE FROM ABOVE.
Some call it silly, immature, and cheesy. And of course they just might be right. However, it depends on the kind of people that you are socializing with who would decide that kind of thing. And I also believe that it depends on the kind of sentiment that you are putting behind it all as to whether or not your efforts are going to waste or making an impact.
On the other side of the coin, I believe that sometimes silly, immature, and cheesy is necessary. You never know just when or how you are going to be successful in making someone’s day a lot brighter.
Dismiss nothing in life. Consider everything. And remember that you are never too old. For you may be that ray of sunshine that someone is needing.