Who can you lift up?Who can you lift up? Lifting people up is one of the key qualities of Successful people, (who will do this on auto-pilot), and I mean successful ‘people' there… as individuals, and nothing to do with their business or trade.

That seemingly natural way, some people have of just helping and cheering people up, without any thought to your agenda is quite magical, and it's effects can be far reaching….

Qualities like this are found in Leaders, raising the energy, noticing, complimenting and giving attention to people without any self interest.


I have a story to share with you today, which demonstrates howΒ sometimes you will find out how important you were to someone…

Information Please

…Β A True Story by Paul Villard

When I was quite young, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighbourhood. I remember well the polished old case fastened to the wall. The shiny receiver hung on the side of the box.

I was too little to reach the telephone, but used to listen with fascination when my mother used to talk to it. Then I discovered that somewhere inside the wonderful device lived an amazing person

her name was “Information Please” and there was nothing she did not know.

“Information Please” could supply anybody's number and the correct time.

My first personal experience with this genie-in the-bottle came one day while my mother was visiting a neighbor. Amusing myself at the tool bench in the basement, I whacked my finger with a hammer. The pain was terrible, but there didn't seem to be any reason in crying because there was no one home to give sympathy. I walked around the house sucking my throbbing finger, finally arriving at the stairway.

The telephone! Quickly, I ran for the foot stool in the parlour and dragged it to the landing.

Climbing up, I unhooked the receiver in the parlour and held it to my ear.

“Information Please,” I said into the mouthpiece just above my head. A click or two and a small clear voice spoke into my ear.



“I hurt my finger…” I wailed into the phone. The tears came readily enough now that I had an audience.

“Isn't your mother home?” came the question.

“Nobody's home but me.” I blubbered.

“Are you bleeding?” the voice asked.

“No,” I replied. “I hit my finger with the hammer and it hurts.”

“Can you open your icebox?” she asked.

I said I could.

“Then chip off a little piece of ice and hold it to your finger,” said the voice.


After that, I called “Information Please” for everything.

I asked her for help with my geography and she told me where Philadelphia was.
She helped me with my maths.
She told me my pet chipmunk that I had caught in the park just the day before, would eat fruit and nuts.


Then, there was the time Petey, our pet canary died.

I called “Information Please” and told her the sad story. She listened, and then said the usual things grown-ups say to soothe a child. But I was unconsoled.

I asked her, “Why is it that birds should sing so beautifully and bring joy to all families, only to end up as a heap of feathers on the bottom of a cage?”

She must have sensed my deep concern, for she said quietly,

“Paul, always remember that there are other worlds to sing in.”

Somehow I felt better.


Another day I was on the telephone. “Information Please.”

“Information,” said the now familiar voice.

“How do you spell fix?” I asked.


All this took place in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. When I was 9 years old, we moved across the country to Boston. I missed my friend very much.

“Information Please” belonged in that old wooden box back home, and I somehow never thought of trying the tall, shiny new phone that sat on the table in the hall.


As I grew into my teens, the memories of those childhood conversations never really left me. Often, in moments of doubt and perplexity I would recall the serene sense of security I had then. I appreciated now how patient, understanding, and kind she was to have spent her time on a little boy.


A few years later, on my way west to college, my plane put down in Seattle. I had about half an hour or so between planes. I spent 15 minutes or so on the phone with my sister, who lived there now. Then without thinking what I was doing, I dialed my hometown operator and said,

“Information, Please.”

Miraculously, I heard the small, clear voice I knew so well, “Information.”


I hadn't planned this but I heard myself saying, “Could you please tell me how to spell fix?”


There was a long pause. Then came the soft spoken answer, “I guess your finger must have healed by now.”


I laughed. “So it's really still you,” I said. “I wonder if you have any idea how much you meant to me during that time.”


“I wonder”, she said, “if you know how much your calls meant to me. I never had any children, and I used to look forward to your calls.”

I told her how often I had thought of her over the years and I asked if I could call her again when I came back to visit my sister.


“Please do,” she said. “Just ask for Sally.”

Three months later I was back in Seattle. A different voice answered “Information.”

I asked for Sally.


“Are you a friend?” She said.

“Yes, a very old friend,” I answered.


“I'm sorry to have to tell you this, she said. Sally had been working part-time the last few years because she was sick. She died five weeks ago.”

Before I could hang up she said, “Wait a minute. Did you say your name was Paul?”



“Well, Sally left a message for you. She wrote it down in case you called.


“Let me read it to you.” The note said,

“Tell him I still say there are other worlds to sing in. He'll know what I mean.”


I thanked her and hung up. I knew what Sally meant.


When faced with a situation where you can be kind, or a person needs lifting up or help…. please remember this story

You may not know how many souls are touched by the ripple you began

and very oftenΒ you will never know the outcomes of those times you do lift someone…

but like this story above, I believe knowing you helped out and made a difference will be enough.

Being able to give freely also means you will receive, whatever ripples you are open to πŸ™‚

Who can you lift up?

and Never underestimate the impression you can have on someone else's life Β πŸ™‚

Wishing you happiness,


Jacs Henderson

Jacs Henderson
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I am a Social Media Marketer, and my mission is to assist you to Build your Business Online using Social Media. Building Your Brand Online is both an Art and a Science and I have created Savvy Social Marketing with Jacs, where we can share value and learn from each other to perfect our Savvy Social Marketing strategies 😍I would love to welcome you there!

    34 replies to "Who Can You Lift Up?"

    • Merle Gibbins

      This is great Jacs and by the time I got to the end I was sitting here crying, Soppy old me but that’s me. Thanks for sharing and will be sharing all around because I want others to read this.
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      • Jacs Henderson

        Bless you Merle… I love stories like this even though they make me cry too!
        And the lovely thing is to share them on like you have and bring some feeling and thought to others. Just a random story like this can refresh the mind and bring cheer πŸ™‚
        Jacs x

    • JP Carlos

      If we can help enough people around us we can help ourselves as well. it is just funny how we often fail to understand that we are all connected. Success is not how much we gain but how much we have influence others in a positive way.
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      • Jacs Henderson

        Perfectly put JP! Many do not consider their impact on others, positive or negative but our influence has no bounds! Many thanks for your visit and sharing those gems πŸ™‚

    • Monisha Kapur

      Thank You for sharing this beautiful story Jacs!
      It is so true, you never know how your actions can impact someone. Even acting negatively can have an huge impact. Therefore it’s always best to try and be positive because it’s better to have a positive impact on someone rather than a negative one..

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      • Jacs Henderson

        Absolutely Monisha! Any negative actions or words can also set off ripples through other peoples worlds… it is a special thing I think to be able to ‘see’ the consequences of our actions and adjust them accordingly. Thank you for sharing those thoughts with us here.. so important πŸ™‚

    • Joan Harrington

      Hi Jacs,

      Enjoyed this post and found so much inspiration, thank you for sharing πŸ™‚ You are right , you never know who will benefit from your ripple effect πŸ™‚

      Great share πŸ™‚
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      • Jacs Henderson

        Thanks Joan, for those encouraging words! It’s great to think who can benefit from something good we do… many ripples down πŸ™‚

    • Rachel Lavern

      Good article Jacs. I love encouraging, lifting up, bringing a kind word, offering help, serving, loving, caring. It is a win/win situation πŸ™‚
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      • Jacs Henderson

        It is such a great thing to up-lift anyone when we can… usually the feeling is repayment enough… but it does tend to create a knock on effect. Thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

    • Bruno Buergi

      It’s always a great thing when you can help other people. And I think we all have times when we need someone who helps us out of a situation that is not so good.
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      • Jacs Henderson

        So true Bruno, and when we receive help in a situation, like Paul above, he never forgot that, and called back to say thank you…. not even realising that as he received help, he was making Sally happy too!! An all round winner to Give πŸ™‚

    • Erika Mohssen-Beyk

      A very beautiful story ,Jacs
      and it is right ,whatever we give and help
      comes back somehow πŸ™‚
      Thank you

      • Jacs Henderson

        Thank you Erika, it is lovely to read a lovely story and see the effects we can create with our actions… I completely agree with you that what we give will be returned in kind by the Universe.

    • NT Izuchi

      What a story! The ripple affect is so real and we are such powerful individuals we are with one action can affect our surroundings! Great share!
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      • Jacs Henderson

        Thanks NT, so true that we are indeed powerful, and can create great ripples which affects all around us!
        Jacs πŸ™‚

    • donna merrill

      Hi Jacs,

      What a beautiful story you have shared. It is a great analogy of what we all can do for others. In business we talk about patience and persistence. Well this is a fine example of it! Not only for business, but for our own life.

      We must have the patience for others and must persist in our abilities to lend them a hand. This is how we, as humans become unforgettable like the woman in the story.

      Thanks for the beautiful share!

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      • Jacs Henderson

        Donna, thank you for your lovely comment.

        It is true that in our lives, we become unforgettable by those small acts of kindness and patience we display to fellow human beings in our everyday lives.

        And this attitude will reflect into our Businesses too!

        Merry Christmas to you, David and Donna’s Mom!!


    • Monna Ellithorpe

      Hi Jacs,

      What a wonderful post and I loved reading this story again. Your post reminds me of this quote: “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you make them feel.” -Carol Buchner

      Thanks for the great post and reminder.
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      • Jacs Henderson

        Thanks for sharing that Monna… I adore that quote too πŸ™‚

        You can’t beat a good story to lift the spirits πŸ™‚

        Wishing you a Jolly Festive Holiday Monna!


    • Lillian De Jesus

      Hi Jacs,

      I’m so in love with this story! So inspirational. I actually discussed this story with my family during dinner.

      Thanks so much for the inspiration,
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      • Jacs Henderson

        How adorable Lillian!

        Thank you for sharing this with your family…

        I love how one story can create a ripple too πŸ™‚

        Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!


    • Willena Flewelling

      Jacs, you should have put a “Tissue Warning” before that story! Thank you for sharing. I have had special people like that in my life, and I can only hope I have been that to others along the way.
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      • Jacs Henderson

        Lol Willena!

        It had that effect on me too!

        How lovely to reflect upon those special people, and I have no doubt Willena, that you are indeed kind, caring and patient with others:)

        I wish you peace and love this Holiday season for you and your family, and happy memories.


    • Sherman Smith

      Hey Jacs,

      This is a great story. This reminds me of us bloggers. The information we put out there are beneficial to a lot of people that come to our blog. We just don’t know how much it is until someone leaves a comment or even write about us on their own blogs. To some, we are heaven sent or that bridge that connects them from failure to succeeding! Thanks for sharing the story Jacs! I hope your holidays are going well!
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      • Jacs Henderson

        So right Sherman…

        Blogging is for the benefit of others, and it is good to hear that we are helping by our comments and interactions. We give to become a helping hand in someone’s journey.

        Love that analogy… well spotted!!

        Wishing you a Jolly dancing Christmas Holiday Sherman πŸ™‚


    • Suzie Cheel

      Jacs thank you, that is such a magical story, I got goosebumps xx
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      • Jacs Henderson

        Thank you Suzie, and thanks for visiting Pinterest as well …I loved it too, and had to share πŸ™‚
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    • Kathleen O'Keefe-Kanavos

      Jacs, Who Can You lift Up is an amazing blog/story. I shared it on my FB pg, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter. It is truly amazing how people who are meant to meet do, either by accident or by design and in this case by phone. And the fact that Sally left him one last message to “fix” his sorrow was beautiful.

      Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanvos

      • Jacs Henderson

        Thank you Kathleen, I agree it was very beautiful, and it’s good to read a story that reminds us of how things are meant to be, and the happiness they bring πŸ™‚
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    • Lesly Federici

      Hi Jacs…
      You just never know how you help someone, and many times you never know how. I remember helping a nursing student once, she didn’t think she could get through the nursing program – it was tough .. but I reaasured her, and she got her confidence back. I did sometime later run into her and she graduated! That felt really good … you can help people in the smallest of ways …
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      • Jacs Henderson

        What a heart warming story Lesly! We must appreciate, and remember those differences we make in people’s lives. It can be a boost when we are feeling low, and their gratitude gives a wonderful sense of purpose πŸ™‚
        Thank you for your lovely comment!

    • Leanne Chesser

      Yes, I totally agree that our choices have ripple effects. I love this story and as I read your post, I was reminded of a quote that has been really powerful for me. It (and my re-written version) illustrate the power of the ripple effect, I think.

      Karol Truman wrote, “Even though each of us is only one person, consider the effect that is created when the energies of our hurt, hate, bitterness, fear, sorrow, anger and resentment resonate with all the other people in the world who are experiencing the same feelings. What transpires when our negative energies combine with everyone else’s? . . . If enough of us are suffering and everything we feel, think, say, and do is projected outward, how does this affect the world around us?”

      I like to turn it around and say, “Even though each of us is only one person, consider the effect that is created when the energies of our healing, love, forgiveness, courage, joy, compassion and kindness resonate with all the other people in the world who are experiencing the same feelings. What transpires when our positive energies combine with everyone else’s? . . . If enough of us are healed and whole and everything we feel, think, say, and do is projected outward, how does this affect the world around us?
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      • Jacs Henderson

        Thank you for your Ripple story Leanne!

        I too prefer to take your positive take on the effect… and I’m sure you see these effects in your life.

        Interesting though, to read the words by Karol Truman, and consider negative energies combining, and their effect on the world… I’m sure we can all see and hear examples of these effects in world news

        It’s up to us all to ripple as much positive as we can, and do our best to counteract the suffering fear and hate which builds up, sadly.

        Wonderful words, thank you πŸ™‚

        warm wishes,


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