I had a great reminder conversation this week with a friend. We were discussing our impact and the truth in not knowing how we might affect someone else’s day.
I have a rule about not living in fear. Yet, there are lots of people that I know and love that are facing uncertain and scary obstacles even as I write this. From personal safety to personal injury to surgery to cancer to job insecurity to the unknown intentions of someone who just got out of federal prison (I know, right?), there are a lot of question marks in the air.
It can be difficult to know when and where help is welcome, and every person works through fear at their own pace and with varying outcomes. I know this, though; A friendly smile and accompanying disposition never hurts anyone. An honestly compassionate smile tells an entire story about our level of support and care.
That brings me back to the conversation I had this week. My friend and I slipped into a conversation about not knowing the full impact we might have on any person on any given day. We hope we’ve had the opportunity to have a positive influence, and we hope we’ve never been anyone’s last straw.
What if we made the decision that our interactions are all going to be positive and uplifting? Even if we slipped up and were only able to honor that 75% of the time, how much brighter could our lives become?
One of my favorite Alex Haley quotes is “Anytime you see a turtle up on top of a fence post, you know he had some help.” It’s true that, at some point or another, we’re all turtles and could use a hand. Mr. Haley also wrote “When you clench your fist, no one can put anything in your hand, nor can your hand pick up anything.”
Make it a point today to offer a smile, lend a hand, unclench our fists and see the difference we can make in our own hearts and the lives of others. Then, let’s share our stories with each other to serve as examples for our friends to follow. Tell us below in our Comments section!
Tomorrow Begins Today.