My Only Question At The End of a Long Day
Ever have a day that just seemed to never ever end?
Every once in awhile I have one of those days. Days where everything seems to suck and the world feels like it’s playing a joke on me and I just want to go home and go to bed. (you feel me? lol) But even when I drive home in the traffic, shake my fists angrily in the sky, and fall face down on my bed when it’s time to go to sleep – I try to remember one question:
What did I do to make a positive impact in someone’s life today?
I think about the strangers who have played a part in cheering me up. And they might not have ever even noticed it. The woman who compliments my smile. The man who applauds my tenacity. The giant lifted truck that actually let me merge on the freeway. Small, seemingly insignificant things compounded over time… they make a difference. More than we think.
I love people. I love listening to people. I am an introvert at heart, so I feel like my best conversations are one-on-one. In a group I just tend to make awkward jokes that usually fall pretty flat… (yikes. but true. LOL) But when I am looking someone in the eye and learning more about them, sharing life stories or talking about things that are important to us – that’s when I feel like I am doing something helpful. Even if it’s only lending a helpful ear or a shoulder to cry on.
Sometimes ‘helping’ means ‘actively listening’.
So when I think of my future and think of my greatest dreams… I see helping others at the forefront. Sure, a nice house, travel, and all sorts of other things are there…
(see above – a picture I took of some random millionaire’s home on Paradise Island, New Providence.)
But a big house isn’t everyone’s dream. It isn’t necessarily mine, either.
I just want all of you reading this to step out and ask the question of yourselves, “What did I do to make a positive impact in someone’s life today? How can I make that a regular part of my future?”
Think about it.