With everything that’s going on we all need some time away from the headlines. Doesn’t matter what side of the aisle you are on. In order to find the best in people instead of the worst, I’m trying to be more kind and to notice the kindness of others. After consciously doing that for awhile I am finding that people are, generally, much nicer than the current political goings on would have us think.
These are small things, but they make a huge difference for me. The other day I pulled up outside my bank and parked. A very large truck parked next to me fairly close but not dangerously so. The man hopped out of it and came over to me and apologized for parking so near me. He explained that it happened because he was trying to get out of the way of traffic and he had to scoot in or cause an accident. I smiled at him and nodded, went into the bank and did what I needed to do and left. But something made me go back. The truck man was in line so I waited until he was through. As he was leaving I walked up to him and told him how much I appreciated his apology. I told him with all of the rancor going on it was a great thing. He smiled and said, “thank you.” That small interaction made me feel very good and it seemed to do the same for him. I’m sure I wouldn’t want to know his politics, but it really didn’t matter. We were two human beings watching out for one another and being kind.
Another “small” incident happened the other day in one of my favorite stores, Dollar Tree, it has everything you could ever want in certain categories, plus the cashiers are always nice. This day I had two items and was getting in line but realized that a woman had started to go there ahead of me. I stepped back. She smiled and looked at what I had in my hands. “You go first”, she said. “You only have two items.” I thanked her and I did. I found the divider that goes between orders and put it on the counter so she could begin to unload her cart. She thanked me and we chatted. After I was cashed out, I thanked her again for her courtesy and consideration and she told me to “have a blessed day,” one of my very favorite expressions. We both smiled and it made each of our days so much better.
These are small even minute things but they made each of us involved experience a more gentle world. It doesn’t take much to do that. It’s small things. And, like everyone else I have to be aware and think in order to do them. But it does illustrate how little it takes to make a big difference. Life is really made up of these small moments. The little things that add up and make it better. All it takes is awareness and willingness.
So, I’m going to do more of it because while it helps others it also makes me feel a lot better about the world and humanity, in general. I invite us to do the small things every day that make life easier and give us hope that it is possible to have a world that works for all of us
We are all united in our humanity. We can do this together.
My best to you,
Dianne, Accountability Coach