Yesterday was a big day for me. I can't reveal why just yet, but it was a big day for the future of TWWM. And a special person in my life who knew how important yesterday was gave me the most thoughtful gift. He took the time to separate all of the marshmallows out of a box of lucky charms and then put them into a mason jar and sealed the lid. Attached to the jar was a note that said, "Good luck today." It was such a sweet and thoughtful gift that didn't require a lot of money or time (although that could vary depending on your rate of marshmallow picking.)
When presented with this gift, my eyes lit up. It made me so happy! But why? Is it because someone close to me remembered such an important day? Or was it because the gift was so thoughtful? I think it was just the image of this person sitting there separating the marshmallows, knowing it would put a smile on my face.
I began thinking about small gestures and how they can really make a difference in someone's day.
Later on, I received a phone call from a friend who's been going through a tough time lately. I'm not going to lie, after a busy day, the last thing I wanted to do was answer the phone and deal with how draining this particular conversation tends to be. Admittedly, sometimes I dodge the call. When I do answer, I often hang up afterwards feeling heavy and depressed. It hurts me to know that someone I care about deeply is struggling. Sometimes my way of coping with things is to ignore the problem or to not deal with it at all, but I know that's not right or fair. Nor is it how I would want someone I love to treat me if I was going through a dark time. So today, I answered the call. I spent one hour just listening. I am normally the advice giver, and have a history of trying to "change" or "fix" people, but today, I mostly listened. I did offer some encouraging words here and there, but I realized that simply answering and being there for my friend was enough. It helped her to vent and to know someone cared.
Life is hard. A lot of people are struggling. The easiest thing we can do on a daily basis is just be NICE to one another. We all need love, acceptance, and support. And if you know that you need it, then you can bet the people around you need it too. We can't just be takers all the time. We have to show up for the people we love even on the days where we don't feel like it, it's inconvenient, or were tired.
We can offer kind gestures to strangers too- even if it's just a smile, a compliment, or buying someone a cup of coffee. You can put a smile on someone's face by doing something that is SO simple yet SO meaningful. That is POWER, people!!! This is what our world needs right now and how we can all be the change. A lot of compassion, simple acts of kindness, and a lot of small gestures.
Let's show up for our loved ones and even just for humanity. Be someone's lucky charm :)