Leave people better than you found them 2


“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?


About Dee Beets

Dee grew up in the beautiful tourist town of Kiama NSW, with the beach on one side and rolling hills on the other. At the age of eleven, with her family, she moved across to the sunny state of Western Australia, where she later met her man and married him. Deanna is into her second year of Homeschooling her 2 primary aged children. Scary and rewarding at the same time, she is looking forward to going against the grain, doing life a little differently and finding joy in learning through nurturing. In her spare time she experiments with clean eats and recharges with gym workouts.

2 thoughts on “Leave people better than you found them

  • Kimberly

    Lovely words and most important – every interaction – every kindness –
    I always say ….we don’t know what the person who has crossed our path has encountered today –
    Let us be a positive part of their day, notice others and they notice you.

    • Deanna

      Thank you Kimberly! It’s so true, we don’t know what the person who has crossed our path has encounted that day. We need to give more people the benefit of the doubt. X

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