July 24, 2019

Take The Time Today

My Grandma wasn't wrong when she told me time flies faster as you get older.
Photo by Marion Michele on Unsplash
It's so true, and not to be cliche, you want to enjoy every moment. Sometimes that just isn't possible. You have a bad day, get a phone call with some disappointing news, or are just in a funk because you didn't sleep well. 
Yesterday I had a long day. It can be ROUGH coming back to work after taking an extra day off or vacation and I was slammed with phone calls all day long. I felt behind and a little anxious, and left work late. Chuck had texted me to let me know that traffic was backed up on the interstate, and what did I do- took the interstate. I'm telling you my mind was mush.
But, I saw a frustrated woman sitting in traffic trying to merge in and NO ONE was letting her go- so I waved her along and could tell she was so appreciative. I did the same thing a few minutes later, and even though I had to pee REAL bad and really wanted to get home, I took the time to extend some kindness. 
It was simple really. Letting a car go in front of you adds SECONDS to your day. It's not the end of the world, and it won't change much, but may put a smile on someone's face. 
Earlier in the day, my boss had come over to my desk to thank me for a job well done on a situation I handled while he was out on vacation. I know he was busy getting caught up after being out of the office, and easily could have e-mailed me, but he took the time to walk to my desk and extend his gratitude in person. 
It only takes a little bit of time, or extra effort to make a difference in someone's day. 
It can be as easy as letting someone in the grocery store go ahead of you in line if they seem to be in a hurry. If you have someone in your life that needs a little pick me up, you can send them some happy mail or even an e-card. I am AWFUL about getting to the post office, but love sending cards so I'm trying to be better about keeping stamps on hand. 
You never know if someone is having a bad day, or may be in a place where they don't want to share something sad going on with anyone and your few seconds of kindness can truly make a difference. I want to remember how good it feels to see someone else smile, and continue to take the time out of my day to help make someone's brighter. 
I encourage you to be the one who waves someone along in traffic when everyone else is ignoring them. Be the encouragement on a shitty day. Help your neighbor when you see them outside carrying groceries in the house. These things can inspire them to pass on the good. 
Be the good! Take the time to make someone smile today!

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