I read a post recently ( https://snippetsofsnapdragon.com/2020/09/12/not-just-another-morning/ ) which got me thinking. It was about how we get onto ourselves at times for not being good enough, and about realising that we are, actually, more than good enough.
As I say, it got me thinking. Thinking about how we often fail to see our own value and power, and how we don’t always realise the impact we can have on life.
I know it doesn’t always feel like we have much impact or value but we do and, realising that gives us a chance to make it more positive.
How often do we end up looking back on our day to see what we’ve done – Worked, shopped, picked up children etc.. I’m sure we all have, but, have we included stopping to let someone cross the road, smiling, not grouching at the annoying person who nearly walked in to us?
I mean, obviously that’s just us being, well, us. Or is it?
It sure made a difference to the person who was standing in the rain roadside; May have been the one saving grace on a day of woe for the person you smiled at; and as for the annoying person, it could have been they were having a worse day than you and you just prevented them from going completely into a dark place by not making it worse.
Don’t sell yourself short, remember that showing the best of you can change things when you don’t even notice it.
And, of course, there’s every chance that will pass on to others, as those other people are also more likely to give a little kindness on, both consciously and subconsciously.
Of course the opposite is also true. A grump, shove or small rudeness has every chance of making others feel less kind.
It’s tough trying not to do these small, but huge, things. After all we don’t even notice ourselves doing them most of the time.
All I can say is that I find smiling and leaning towards positive/kind thoughts seems to help keep me on the better side of the line most of the time. At least it feels like it does.
Also, remembering that, for good or ill, we ARE giants ( as Take That famously sang ) in the eyes of those we’ve touched in happenstance – we just happen to be small ones in our own eyes.