“Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.” Marvin J. Ashton
I want to be that person. I want to leave a positive impact on others lives. I sometimes question if I want this to be recognised as a ‘good person’, to be liked and accepted more?
I don’t know.
Sometimes you want good things for not necessarily the right reasons. When I do work on my character however, and start building into others, something changes in me. I start to see things from a different perspective. I’m overwhelmed with compassion and genuine authenticity. The bigger picture.
I was looking at my everyday schedule of dropping kids at school, a couple of casual work days, food planning and shopping, kids sports, activities and homework, gym workouts, family and friend catchups, God time, church commitments, the dreaded house cleaning, washing and the list goes on and on and on. It’s not that I’m overwhelmed and time poor. I actually manage my time well. It occurred to me that it’s not about squeezing something else in.
It’s about making the most of every moment within my full schedule. Smiling more, releasing that encouraging word to the cashier when I could quite happily stay in my silent zone packing the trolley. Making that phone call that I’ve been putting off only for the silly reason that I find talking on the phone awkward. Making a little extra dinner for your friend who is unwell.
I’m not a natural people person so I’m totally speaking to myself here. Sometimes we need a little reminder to work on the simple pleasantries. Everyone needs a little nurturing. It becomes easier when we take our eyes off ourselves and start putting others in the front seat of our minds. Giving with the right attitude will in turn bless the one giving.
Who are you smiling at today?