Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Topic of the Day 2

Today was a good day! I got to go to the Post Office again. My total for the package I was sending out was $5.90. I gave the cashier $6.00 and asked her to keep the dime. She just looked at me funny. I said, "Keep it on the counter, you know, in case someone needs it." I think I have found my mission. No, not to give everyone a flippin dime. I have decided that I am going to find some small way to influence people to just be nicer to one another! Is it a bad idea that I am broadcasting my brainstorms here in a public diary? Eh, maybe so but the point I am trying to make here is that we all need to just be nicer to each other! I'm not looking for people to give up their homes in order to house the homeless. I mean, that could be awesome but a little ridiculous. Haven't we all discovered that life is about the small things? It seems that as a society, we have all become so rushed that we don't take the time to smell the roses. At all. We have such a short time in this life. It should be something we cherish every moment of. I'm not encouraging anyone to live life wearing rose colored glasses, but damn! How hard is it to simply smile and be kind? Is life flying by so fast that the two seconds it would take to hold the door open for someone with their hands full would ruin an entire day's schedule? I think not.

It's like I was thinking about we all remember that movie Pay it Forward? It seems like our world is about due for a resurrection of the idea. It did so well for a little while. People seemed to care again. When was the last time you paid for the coffee of the next car in line? I do it all the time. I mean, if I am in line to buy a $5 cup of coffee, what's another five bucks for the car behind me? No, you may never have the chance to meet the person that you just bought coffee for, but who cares? Life is about the small things. Life is about sharing smiles.

So, the next time that woman in front of you at the grocery store is rude. Don't judge. Always remember that you don't know her story. You aren't wearing her shoes. If you don't believe that, just look down and I promise, you will find your own feet in your own shoes. If you are unable to seize any other opportunity, offer a smile. It could be the only one she has seen all day. Okay. I feel like I have ranted enough for the evening. I do feel compelled to change attitudes even if I have to do it one dime at a time. Until the tomorrow, stay tuned....


  1. I agree! I try to do something every day that gets me out of my own head and remembering that there are plenty of people who have it so much worse than I. My favorite is to let the kids pick where we pay it forward - are we going to pay for the next car behind us in the drive through? Do we pay an extra field-trip fee at Seb's school so that a kid can go who wouldn't otherwise? I like teaching them that it's easy, SO EASY, to do something nice for someone - and that you don't need a thank you.

  2. Exactly my point! Just think what a wonderful world it could be (or dare I say will be) when we all get back on the same page.