Based on a recent phone call, I am aware that my last post on seeing all people as precious brought up some stuff. So, here’s my response:
1) Yes, I am aware that most of us have driven past someone who is stranded on the road.
2) I don’t know anyone who gives money to everyone on the side of the road asking for it.
3) I do not expect to and know I cannot possibly help everyone I see who is hurting in some way or another, but…
4) I can do MORE to help make this world a better place every, single day.
We’ve spent months hearing the news regarding the Penn State sexual abuse scandal and then the devastating Colorado movie shootings last week. Every day, it seems there are tragedies that remind us that life is short and unpredictable and messier than we thought the previous day.
At the gym the other night, I wondered how many people were there trying to relieve stress. It’s ironic that the day’s headlines were plastered on practically every flat screen TV that spanned the enormous room. It seems even at the gym we can’t escape the negative yuck that is swirling around us. Sometimes, we may even feel like there is nothing good or safe or happy in the world. While we can’t ease everyone’s suffering or snap our fingers to take away pain, all hope is not lost.
My God calls us to love one another. There are big ways and small ways we can do this. Every day, choosing to make more of an effort to show love to people all around us proves that we can make a difference. All is not lost. There is hope. There is good in the world.
However, focusing on others is not always easy for me. I am polite. I smile and chat with strangers, but I am usually lost in my own thoughts, which sadly (but honestly) also usually have to do with me. So, this means slowing down my pace in the grocery store or wherever I happen to be and seeing with fresh, interested eyes all that is happening around me.
I heard someone say that nothing changes unless we do. So, here are some easy ways to spread kindness–randomly or not and potentially change someone’s day:
- Write a thank you note for your mail carrier/ garbage collector and leave it in the mailbox or on top of your trash can/ recycling box (no stamp needed)
- Buy a box of popsicles and share with those who are working outside on these terribly hot days
- Open the door for someone
- If you still write checks, scribble a quick thank you 🙂 in the memo section
- Help someone load groceries into the car
- Cut up some fruit and take it to a neighbor’s house/ apartment (it’s a great way to meet those living around you)
- Write a quick note for your coworker, friend, significant other, or kids on a post-it (they’re inexpensive and you have a pretty good guarantee that it will stay where you leave it)
- Give a stranger $5 just because
It’s interesting how helping others does something internally for us, as well. Giving someone else a tasty treat can also be a treat for you!
What are some ways you fight negativity and selfishness, in order to bring more love into this world?
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