Sometimes, we go through our lives mindlessly doing things and it isn’t until later on that we realize the true impact of our actions. The older I get, the more I realize that it really is the little things that end up mattering in the overall scheme of life. So, when the opportunity arises for us to do something for others, regardless of how insignificant it may seem at the time, remember to take advantage. You never know how far-reaching your words and/or a good deed may go, even if it’s as simple as holding the door. How many times do we hear stories wherein someone was initially annoyed with another person’s actions (i.e. a slow teller at the store, a driver failing to signal, etc.), only to discover that there was/is more than good reason for his/her behaviour in that he/she had recently experienced a devastating event, such as the death of a loved one? A whole new light and perspective gets shed in a situation like that to the point of embarrassment on our part for passing initial judgement on them and their supposed lack of ‘spryness’ or whatever adjective it is that we have instantly attached to them.
In going about my day-to-day business, I try to be mindful of how I treat others and of what might be going on with them at any given moment. You can tell a lot about a person simply by looking at their facial expressions and body language–95% of communication, along with intonation, I believe–not to mention the general field of energy that they give off. If we allow ourselves a moment or two to take in our surroundings and the people in them, it doesn’t take long to garner a sense of who might need a little extra TLC. After all, we all have bad days, and at the heart of it, when someone else (friends or strangers alike) shows us that they care, it can make a big difference in how we feel or how the rest of our day goes. I know for me, the simplest of kindnesses shown goes a long way. Of course, we’ve all heard that smiles are contagious and that manners are appreciated, but do we really pause often enough and take the time to engage with others in such a fashion? Certainly there has been a lot of criticism in this day and age that our long-standing human connections are quickly fading in lieu of swipes and taps, and because of that, I think that now more than ever is when these types of niceties are needed most. While there is nothing wrong with technology and social media, such as Instagram and Snapchat, there is equally nothing terrible about saying ‘hi’, letting someone go ahead of us in line, or asking how a person’s day is going, especially when one genuinely awaits the answer.
Don’t underestimate the power that your words and actions have on others. Every day in every possible way. Seriously. There is likely great value in what we may think are so-called Meaningless exchanges of ‘hi’, ‘bye’ and ‘thank you’. When you stop and imagine a world where eye contact is held more often than not and fellow human beings become extensions of ourselves, rather than hindrances or fleeting images (even mere outlines), extraordinary things are sure to unfold for us and those around us. Thank YOU kindly for ‘listening’ to this post:-).