I have four little words that can stop me in my tracks at times! ‘What would people think?’ has made me pause, second guess and stop an embarrassing number of times. I decided to ignore…
One of the Little Moments that Fear tried to Steal
Fear can feel like it cost you everything, in a single moment or a zillion little moments. Here is an example of one little moment.
What if we said “Hello” and smiled at strangers more? What if we didn’t care if we seemed weird…or fill in the blank with whatever that thought of fear suggests, and which prevents us from reaching outside of ourselves to a stranger.
I met someone recently who shared that they had felt isolated and alone since moving to a new area almost a year ago. His impression was that the people were cold and unfriendly. Then he shared that a woman passing by in a store said, ‘Hello’ and smiled. He was startled because it had been so long since a stranger had acknowledged him.
I can’t stop thinking about how such a simple gesture made this guy feel better and affected his day in a positive way. Not only his day but a week later it was still on his heart and he smiled as he shared the story.
So many of us are surrounded by people yet feel more alone and isolated than ever. We should be on a mission to love humanity back to life.
For all of us who feel overwhelmed by the question, “What can I do?” Well, maybe it starts with a smile.
This guy who seems a bit shy and withdrawn over what life has handed him has a new and fresh perspective of… “What if I step out and just gave a smile? What could it do?” because he knows now what it did for him.
Just another day of learning how to use our super powers.
Together, we can turn this world around. Good always defeats evil in the end, we just have to stop listening to the evil.
Evil will never tell you how good you are, how strong you are, or what a difference you can make.
Evil despises your capacity to love, and your potential for good, which promotes hope. Hope makes it harder to control us with fear.
So start with the kindness of a smile and give freely. Be on guard, because evil is there always. It tries to steal that kindness by suggesting that you pick and choose who you are kind to. It will try to pass judgment on people that are ‘different’ and suggest you pass them by. So give freely, and randomly. Remember the people whose paths you cross are frequently not accidental; don’t miss an opportunity.
Smiles are free and unlimited until your last breath. I hope to die with a big smile on my face as the biggest “screw you” to the evil lined up against all of us; we’re all in this together.
Love ya Sweets