This Beautiful, Cyclical Life

2010 November 3
by Grace Boyle

Do you ever have an experience where it’s mid-day and some sort of a realization hits you? Your eyes flutter open and the experience is surreal.

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Last week I was sitting at my desk working away when I received an e-mail from someone I didn’t recognize, subject line: “new to Boulder” – so I opened it.

It was from a woman who just moved to Boulder and a mutual friend of ours said I was someone she just HAD to meet in Boulder.

This is when my eyes fluttered open and I felt like in a fast rewind mode, the last two years of my life here flashed before me.

I realized, the same mutual friend who said I was now someone people who move to Boulder should meet was who I met, when I moved here and knew absolutely no one. He graciously connected me, put me in touch with founders, CEO’s and VP’s. He is the seed that started me into the office here, at my current job.

Oh, the webs we weave. How life has changed. At this rate, after being here two years, on average I meet with someone who is new to Boulder about once a week. I love it and couldn’t be happier about giving back.

At this moment, I smiled to myself. I might have even blushed and felt the warm rush up my cheeks.

I told the women who e-mail me the same story and said I would love to meet her and learn more about her web startup she’s running.

It’s simple really. The change we can affect. The people we can help along the way. The places we come from. The progress we make. It’s so incredible and really, cyclical.

Do you ever realize how you got from A TO B? The stepping stones in between? Have you ever felt this?

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  • http://twitter.com/PattyBaragar Patty Baragar

    Recently had the same experience – returning the favor of reaching out helping the next talented person looking to find their way. Connecting and helping people is a theme in our mountain-town bubble and that’s the reason I love it. Great post.

  • http://www.lauriesteiner.com Laurie Steiner

    It’s funny how cyclical life can be sometimes and this is a perfect example. When you’re looking for a job and wanting to network, everyone goes through the same routine. We ask questions, grab coffee with new people, send e-mails, leave voicemails and keep our fingers crossed for either a miracle or for someone to help us along the way. When you’re able to do that for someone else–be that miracle in the haze of the job hunt–it’s a nice feeling. It’s all about paying it forward, I guess. Great post, Grace.

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

    @Patty I know isn’t it great? It’s fun to notice when the tables have turned and after two years here, I am no longer a newbie (even though I think that). I am now constantly emailed or asked to meet with people and I look at it as a blessing and a great way to meet someone new and give back. Ha, at this rate its like once a week. This one was particularly special because he was the FIRST person I met with :)

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

    Laurie you’re very right. It’s great to know that we’re all doing the same thing and to give back no matter what point you are at, is gratifying. Paying it forward is my favorite :)

  • Anonymous

    Yes, this sounds just like my life! Shortly after I moved to Beijing, before I’d met many people, I found myself in a rough situation, both personally and professionally. Gradually I met more people, and with those people put the pieces back together. I get a lot of emails like the one you described, mostly from friends introducing me to other friends. I now know a lot of people who don’t know each other, and I’ve heard people use the word “connector” more than twice in the past week. Connections are important, and I’m happy to help people build them. Thanks for the reminder, Grace.

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

    Leslie, that’s so great to hear. It’s very simple really – this post was just a realization that I’m sure many can relate to. Life is cyclical and beautiful! Giving back is important :)

  • http://www.solitarypanda.com Janet

    now that’s karmic retribution! i love that!

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

    Isn’t it? :)