Happy Friday! How was your week? I hope GREAT! We are coming to the end of International Random Acts of Kindness Week (2/9 – 2/15). Take a minute to reflect on your week. Do you have any warm memories of incidents that occurred where someone showed you a kindness? As you reflect and remember a kindness shown to you, are you feeling a smile begin to emerge? How is that making you feel? Did it make a difference in your week?
This quote from Maya Angelou is representative of what happens when something positive happens in our lives:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Now, take another moment to reflect. This time think about how you interacted with others this past week. Did you show another human being an act of kindness? I am most certain that none of you made it through this past week without making a difference in someone else’s life through some kindness you showed them. These acts of kindness can show up as providing encouragement to someone who may seem a little down, a simple call to a friend or family member to see how they are doing, giving the “right of way” in traffic to let a stranger merge, opening a door, etc. To you, these kindnesses may seem like “no big deal”, but to the person receiving them; it just may be the little miracle they needed to change the trajectory of their day and give them a positive lift.
It is important to remember that “no person is an island”. We are all social beings; we need each other. Connecting with each other is as important as the air we breathe. Just like others have provided you a lift in your day through some kindness they’ve bestowed on you; you too provide that lift to others. Your actions and presence many times are the little miracle they need at just the right time to lift them up. Know that you may be the someone, someone else needs at any given moment.
Be aware of the people in your life. They are not there by accident. Take time to notice when they need a little miracle (kindness) that would give them a lift. You are full of all kinds of miracles you can provide because you have unique gifts to share, understanding you can give and caring you can show.
Connect with others, care for others and create, through your behaviors, words, and actions the kind of world you want to live in. Often, we underestimate the impact we have on others. So, change your thinking; realize that your presence may be someone else’s miracle today!
Have a GREAT day and a GREAT weekend.