We are back to school, back to work, back to our lives as they were before yet another summer lulled us into blissful relaxation.
Here are a few things to think about as we move forward. We should never forget to continue to do the simple small things that help impact and improve the lives of those around us. It is truly the little things in life that make all the difference.
I will never forget an aunt who lived in Harlem and had very little to exist on who reached deep into her treasure to send me a set of grapefruit spoons for my first apartment. That was over 40 years ago but I still have those spoons and count them among my greatest treasures because I know that it was a gesture that cost her what she probably could not spare but gave me great joy because it was done with love.
Five things to do each day that cost you nothing but may bring a feeling of respect and love to someone young or old and brighten their day. You will find that it brighten yours as well.
- Smile and say hello to everyone you pass – professional or blue collar, rich or poor, young or old, homeless or not -it could make a difference.
- Actually respond when asked “How are you?” and return the question with sincerity and listen to the response.
- Engage at least one family member in conversation by asking “What was the best thing that happened to you today?” Something was good about even the worst day.
- Before going to sleep at night think or even write down at least one thing you were grateful for about the day.
Remember the words of Maya Angelou who said “People will forget what you did . . . But never forget how you made them feel.” How did you make someone feel today?