My husband has been a camper since childhood. He first took me camping in our early 20s. It was new and exciting to me, an adventure I’d never tried. There was a lot to teach me, but one lesson, to this day, still sticks strongly in my mind.
Never leave a place worse than you found it.
By this, he meant to do a quick sweep of the area and take not only your own rubbish, but also any thing else that was littering the place. Perhaps it resonated because it’s always been my philosophy. I have always intended to leave Earth, better than I found it.
This sounds like a lovely, vague motherhood statement, but it has very specific meaning to me. Specifically, in every interaction I have with people, I want them to leave feeling good. In the beautiful words of Maya Angelou, I want to be a rainbow to their clouds.
I have no understanding of people who take pleasure from popping someones metaphorical balloon. Bullying and trolling are so outside of the scope of my experience, that I’m puzzled. It was reading an article about bullying one day, in relation to the trolling and subsequent suicide of Charlotte Dawson that an idea occurred to me.
An idea so audacious, so attractive to me that I thought on it for a long time.
So begins my rocky journey to become a “sugar troll”
What’s a sugar troll? Well, of course, someone who leaves a place better than they found it. I have taken the behaviours and patterns of trolls and turned them on there head. I’ll pop in with a random compliment, unexpected and spontaneous. I’ll share a beautiful moment., things I’m grateful for, a sparkly new purchase.
It is, I have noticed, highly contagious. Positive vibes spread, much as the negative vibes that trolls foster. People share their own positive experiences.
It takes no more effort, it not only makes others happy, but the joy that I receive in noticing the impact of my “sugar” is immeasurable.
I have gathered a beautiful circle of sugartrolls. When one of us is down, the others will lift that person with beautiful words.
Sugar Trolls, quite the idea isn’t it?