Another sick day at home with the boy yesterday. He was getting better but still too sick to attend kindergarten. So yesterday was declared a binge-watch-four-movies day. For him. I worked from home.
What sticks out the most for me is his comment about his classmates. Twice, he asked me if I knew what his class friends were saying about him while he was away. And twice he explained that they say, “Good morning, Oliver, wherever you are.”
Part of the attendance ritual in his class is to say good morning to everyone in the class. Each morning everyone goes around and says good morning to each individual person, and for those who are absent, the class still wishes a good morning wherever they may be.
There was a certain contentment coming from my son when he shared this. It was almost as if the well wishes were reaching him for a quick recovery.
In Thich Nhat Hanh’s The Energy of Prayer: How to Deepen Your Spiritual Practice, he mentions the power that can come from a group of people praying or wishing well to another. The driving message in his book is about the energy and state of those praying, and he believes that this energy can be transmitted to individuals, groups or things.
Could this well wishing to him from afar helped my son get over his cold sooner? Maybe. Or maybe he’s a typical kid who can shed a virus in 36 hours. Either way, the energy I felt when he spoke of his classmates saying good morning to him was extremely positive, even grateful.
So why not start your morning wishing a good morning to those in your life, whether they are right next to you or on the other side of the earth? They may receive your well wishes without even knowing it.