“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”
– Barack Obama
While I was at the salon today, my stylist told me that the lady that had just walked in was getting married today. She was with a group of her girlfriends, getting ready for the event. When I left, I walked over to her and wished her well on her big day and told her she looked beautiful. She thanked me and I headed out of the shop. It was a small gesture, but I could see that she appreciated my small act of kindness.
We’ve all heard the quote ‘Be the change that you wish to see in the world,‘ but just preaching the words doesn’t do much good if people don’t act on it. Instead of fanning the flames and complaining about what we don’t want, let’s set an example by doing what we wish to have more of in our world.
We all want to live in a world where we feel safe, loved and accepted; a world where we respect each other, and are kind to one another.
Take a look at this heart-warming video that shows just how much of an impact you can have by simply noticing your surroundings and actively participating in the microcosm you find yourself in – anytime, anywhere, even by doing something as simple as smiling at a stranger.
Just as I was about to post this, I was reminded of a Coke commercial from the ’70s. I found it on youtube, and I got a kick out of seeing it today. Here it is. Enjoy!
Next time you are given the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s day, no matter how small you may think it is, take it. It does more than you know. Each of these small acts move forward to change the bigger picture for all of us.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!