This post is bittersweet – it’s the first post I wrote for my blog, whoop! But, I wrote it the day after another tragic school shooting; This time in Parkland, FL.
Don’t worry – I’m not going to get into politics or a debate about gun control. I think we’re all seeing enough of that on our social media and news feeds. And no matter what your stance is on these issues, the bottom line is that we are all sad about it, and even a little (or a lot) scared.
In a world where we are constantly inundated with terror threats, stories of violence, poverty, wars, hate crimes… it gets tough at times to see the good in life. It’s easy to let all of this get you down. So, I urge you to stay strong and be the light that others need you to be. How, you might ask?
Be the Good the World Needs
Start to see the good in your own life and in the world around you – in the everyday little moments – and appreciate them.
The stranger you passed on the street who said hello with a smile. The person who held the door for you as you walked into work today. The I love you’s that you exchanged with your significant other, friend, or family member on the phone. The kisses you got from your fur baby or human baby. The sweet treat you bought for yourself while shopping.
All of the little things that make us happy, the things that we take for granted – the things that some people will never get to experience again. Take a moment to be present and grateful for these seemingly insignificant things. It will shift your state of mind completely and it will change how you interact with other people.
Pay It Forward
A few weeks ago, I was driving back to work after running an errand on my lunch break. The street was two lanes. I was slowing down at a traffic light when the car behind me started honking and pulled up next to me with the window down.
Let me just tell you – a million thoughts can literally run through your mind all at the same time in a matter of a second!
Oh god, oh god, oh god – what do I do? Should I roll my window down? Omg did I cut this person off?? What if it’s a crazy person about to curse me out?! Ok, Jen, chill. Take a deep breath and roll your damn window down.
I rolled my window down and glanced over.
“Hey!” she said, “I just wanted to let you know your tail light is out on the passenger side!”.
Oh thank god. “Thank you so much!!” I yelled back. And off she went.
Wow, wasn’t expecting that. That was weird… like really weird… but that was so nice of her!, I mused to myself.
The moral of the story? That woman didn’t have to do that. She could have gone about her day, not giving my broken tail light a second thought. But instead, she took a moment to help me out. How awesome is that?!
And I can tell you, the next time I notice something that someone else doesn’t, and it’s something they should know about, I’m gonna let them know (in the nicest way possible of course)! See how that ripple effect works? Pay it forward, peeps.
MLK, Jr. said “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”, and it’s a quote I’m seeing a lot of these days. Be that light! You don’t have to do anything grand – even the smallest of gestures will do the trick.
Positivity is contagious, just as negativity is. It’s your choice which one you bring to the world.
When was the last time a total stranger helped you out? Better yet, when is the last time YOU helped a stranger out? Share your story in the comments!