One thing I’ve noticed lately is reminiscent of a wise thing my sister said to me. “We are all like little children just trying to figure out the rules of life,…and we all are just searching for love.”
I’ve heard a lot of us struggling in these challenging times, and I think it’s good to remember compassion when you wake up and greet yourself each morning. I think it’s important to put yourself to bed gently each night and savor the rest. I also think that between those two points is a lot of opportunity to change the world by paying attention.
We often forget that others struggle. It’s easy to believe that we are the only unlucky ones,..the only ones feeling the challenge of life. We are all in this together. We all seek more than anything to find love and belonging. Why not try to give someone that today?
We all have the power to smile at someone or let someone go in traffic. We all know someone that could benefit from our loving kindness.
It reminds me of a story from my own life which came from a very profound moment for me. I was in the Old Port of Portland looking for parking when I realized I didn’t have any change in my car for the meter. I was sitting with the door open, digging for change, when a person I presumed was homeless asked me, “Do you have any change?” I looked at him with a smile and said, “I’m afraid I don’t,…I was just looking for some money for the meter and it seems I have none!” He said “thank you anyway” and continued in his search and I in mine. Not 3 minutes later, I heard him calling for me. “Hey Miss! How much did you need for the meter?” He had just been giving fifty cents by a passer-by.
I couldn’t believe it! Here was a person who was in need of change from strangers and he was giving it to me! As he put the money in my meter and smiled at me, I was absolutely changed in how I looked at the ability of all of us to give and receive grace.
You never know if the person you help will change the world because of your generosity, but it will change you. I guarantee it.
Remember when you start to think negative thoughts about another person,….they may be doing the best they can. Are you?