Changing the World: One Smile At a Time
There is so much going on with the world right now. Is it so much to ask for a little human kindness towards one another? I know that there are so many topics to discuss right now, but I simply cannot pinpoint one to discuss.
This is for many reasons, but the main point of this post is to simply encourage us to be kind to one another. I used to think, gee, I have to do something HUGE, to make a difference in the world. Maybe I have to come up with a way to end world hunger, or stop racism in its tracks, or the list goes on for miles though.
It would be nice if I could do this. However, my logical brain has taken over, in this aspect. What I had a hard time conceiving was that I could simply be doing something ever-so-simple.
Did you know that one simple smile to a person having a bad day could change the course of their life, and maybe even yours forever. Did you know that perhaps that one person had intentions on giving up on something very important, and then the thought to know that somebody cares, could have moved them forward to create the next world changing invention.
You just never know. I do not know if I’ll ever have an opportunity to end world hunger, stop racism entirely (though I wish I could). What I do know, is something that some of us, myself included, need to be reminded of. I know I need this reminder daily. If I want to make a difference I have to start with me. I have to examine my heart, and ask God to do the same, because He knows it better than anybody. I will ask Him, as David did in Psalm 139, to point anything that offends Him out, and to lead me to everlasting life.
It is not the easiest task to check ourselves, our intentions, our thoughts, our actions, and really examine where we need improvement. I suppose this is because sometimes change hurts, and it hurts to know that we are the cause of others pain at times.
I think I have a new intentional goal, and that is trying to change anything in me, that isn’t of value. It’s kind of like digging deep within my soul to get rid of a parasite.
I have been blessed to be surrounded by kind people every day of my life, and I am thankful for that. I have been so overwhelmingly graced with the presence of so many beautiful souls every day, and I take from each one a lesson learned. No matter what the life experience may have been, everybody has a story. Everyone has something to offer. Everyone has something to teach, and I intend on paying more attention to the teachable moments I am encountered with on a daily basis.
I will continue to smile at people who are having bad days. I will continue to smile at people having good days. It doesn’t matter if some people think I am weird because of it. If I can make a difference in the life of one person, then as far as I am concerned, I have done something worthwhile.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this, as well as any suggestions of a simple act of kindness, or how we can better improve upon ourselves?