Thursday, March 31, 2011


Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day. ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I have a confession to make: I'm not a super happy, "up" person. I'm focused, driven, a little obsessive and tend to have a "glass half empty" mentality (though I always think I can figure a way out to fill that sucker up if I work hard enough). I'm not touchy-feely, which makes it hard for my daughter and I, because SHE is a clingy, huggy child who has to squeeze me fifty times a day and will shout "I love you!" from the top of the stairs for no reason. I sometimes wear blinders, and don't always see ways that people might need help.

Despite all those things, I do *try* to be a nice, thoughtful person. I'm a bit self-absorbed, so I don't always succeed. But I like people. I talk to everyone: cashiers, the lady in the same grocery aisle, the guy sitting in the doctor's office. At beginning agility class, I try to make a point of petting all the dogs, and finding their good attributes (some are in there for behavioral problems, so occasionally I have to really dig), and encouraging their owners.

I know I miss chances to help people. But I always tell DD, you never know what difference even just a smile might make to someone. She's painfully shy (hopefully going to school next year will help her learn how to overcome that), and can't always think of things to say, but her heart is HUGE, so I'm sure that will come with time.

The reason I bring all this up is because we seldom realize how much a single act might change a life. My post yesterday was there because I truly did feel sorry for that woman, and hoped sharing her meltdown might help others to see why they shouldn't react in the same way.

This morning, I randomly clicked on an author banner for Liana Laverentz and stumbled across this page on her site. Amongst all the links she shares was one about a cab driver and the night he gave an elderly woman a ride to hospice. I encourage you to read it. You might also take a look around the site a bit for other touching stories.

And remember, small acts make a big difference. Who have you smiled at today?


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You Are Productive

You like to stay busy. You believe that there's nothing worse than idle hands.

You can handle multiple projects and are always ready for another one. You love to multitask.

You are happy to brainstorm, innovate, and think outside the box. You are are groundbreaking in your approach.

You see the big picture. Details are important to you, but you don't get bogged down in them.




Maria Zannini said...

Ref: ...small acts make a big difference.

I try to do something for everyone I meet, even if it's only a smile.

We don't know what troubles others face. Even the people we think we know show us only a small part of themselves.

So I treat everyone the same because we all carry a burden. A kind word can lessen the load for many miles ahead.

Dru said...

I like when I smile or say hello and the person lights up. I'm hoping their day is better with just that smile.

You Are Gentle

You are a comforting and calming influence. Others turn to you in times of trouble.

You believe that people need to rely on someone in this crazy world. And you're happy for that person to be you.

You are realistic and practical. You are accept things as they are and think of small improvements.

You are extremely supportive. You listen well, give good advice, and never ask too much of anyone.


Have a good day.

Melissa McClone said...

Nothing like starting the day with a good cry! Thanks for the link :)

Angelina Rain said...

Wonderful post. Little acts of kindness can go such a long way.

Brandy said...

I'm your opposite. I make sure to tell my family I love them every day, when we say goodbye, when we go to bed. I hug for no reason whatsoever, too. *g* I smile at everyone. I want to bring just a small bit of brightness to someone's day.
I felt sorry for that author yesterday. Because I know she must regret her behavior.

You Are Social
You are a considerate person and always treat others well. You are very courteous and punctual.
You are good at keeping the peace and making sure everyone is happy. You're a natural mediator.
You are hyper, energetic, and motivating. You know how to get people up and moving.
You are a natural leader, and your enthusiasm is infectious. You are good at putting a group to work.

I like this one. I hope it is me. *G*

I hope you have a fabulous day!

Tori Lennox said...

School never did a thing to alleviate my shyness, just for the record. It's eased a lot over the years but it wasn't easy. :)