The world can seem really dark at times. When pandemics happen. When people get sick. When friends suffer. When life doesn’t go the way that we had hoped. When the clouds block out the sun.
How can we bring light back when these things happen?
How can we make the world a brighter place?
I believe it is through the little things – small kindnesses, smiles and reminders that the sun is always shining, even when we can’t see it through the clouds.
A couple years ago, I was in Costco, shopping with my family. I was discouraged and sooo tired. I was trudging along, watching people (’cause I’m weird like that and enjoy seeing what other people are like, lol). We pasted this woman and I almost stopped because she seemed to be shining. Seriously. She had the brightest smile on her face. It wasn’t fake like so many I see nowadays. No, it was real and so joyful. When I passed her again later, she was still smiling.
Just simply seeing her bright, beautiful smile brought joy into my day and made me feel less tired and more happy.
A few months ago, Mama and us kids were once more shopping. We were heading into the second store of the day. My brothers were already running crazy and being generally infuriating. Everyone was running on short fuses. We were in the parking lot heading inside, when this lady stopped us. She chatted for a little while and was so sweet. Then, when we were getting ready to leave, she gave us $60. 😮 What stranger does that?! As we were thanking her, another lady walked by and pressed $30 into Mama’s hand. 😮😮 We were all stunned by the random kindness of two strangers. Even though my brothers continued to be annoying all through the store, I was able to be more patient because of the ladies kindness.
Another time Mama and I were coming home from an allergy appointment and we wanted to get some coffee. We stopped at a little shop which was strangely quiet and dark. We realized, when we were inside, that it was two minutes to closing time. But you know what? The lady made us coffee anyway. It was so kind. I doubt many other people would have done that when the shop was practically closed.
It’s things like this that make a difference in the world. Random kindness. Gentle words. Unexpected gifts. Smiles. Hugs. Notes. Coffee. Cookies. Flowers.
Let’s part the clouds and let the sun shine through.
Have you ever had a random stranger do something kind? Have you ever been that stranger? What are some things that always make you smile?