January 30th, 2010

This isn’t about me. This is about you. This is not pointed at anyone specifically, but there are too many people caring only about and for themselves.

Now, the people who live where I do will not be surprised by this, because, after all, it’s normal behavior “‘round these here parts”… Things I do daily:

**Talk to strangers in line at the grocery store (or wherever I may be.)

**Smile and say hi to the random person coming through the door as I leave.

**Hold the door open for someone carrying something, be it a child or a heavy box.

**Help someone that clearly needs an extra hand.

I could go on forever, but I won’t, because again, this has nothing to do with me. I was just thinking about how nice it is to have these things done for me, and reflect on why I do these things. Have you ever talked to an elderly man who is waiting at the doctor’s office just like you are? I won’t be surprised to hear the people here say “yes.” Around here, it’s a very common thing to talk to these people like you’ll see them tomorrow. I know funny story about someone who came to my town and was surprised when the manager of somewhere they stopped for lunch talked to them while they were there. I reacted with “uhm…yes?”… I guess it  happens so much, I don’t see it as odd. I know it’s not like this everywhere. But, I’ve learned a lot from someone who stops in the office, stands next to me in line, etc… And some stories and words I will never forget.

My point is—STOP looking inward, look for what you can do to help around you, to make someone smile. Not expect anything back, just make someone smile. You never know what someone is going through, and a smile, hello, or 3 minute chat may be just what they need to get their day going a bit better. Honestly, I get more out of doing these things for people than they probably get out of it.

You may be surprised to see how seeing a random person’s smile brings one to your face. Your day will get better if you give of yourself. It doesn’t take money to be happy. Give, and it will be given unto you. —Luke 6:38 You get more out of giving of yourself than you ever will with buying something for someone.

Think about it.


-Originally posted: 06-20-09

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