Today’s Truths from Mariah –
Oftentimes we think because of our social or economic status, we have little to no power to make a positive impact. It is understandable why people would be susceptible to this mindset. The media glorifies celebrities and wealthy people who cut multi-million dollar checks to various causes or establish charities. It is certainly laudable for anyone to donate their time and money to support noble causes.
However, most people are barely scraping by and don’t have the luxury to donate large sums of money. Most people also don’t have the political connections necessary to start a charity. The excessive glorification of glamorous donations and charities causes people to believe that is the only way to effect positive change. It is not. We all have the capacity to make a positive impact, and we don’t need powerful connections or a lot of money to do so. Let me provide an illustration.
A few weeks ago, a judge issued an adverse decision on a case I was working on. I poured my heart and soul into the case and felt like the decision was unjustified. In short, I was enormously distraught and discouraged. I went to Starbucks for solace. I probably have an unhealthy attachment to Starbucks and think I am addicted to the green tea matcha latte, but I digress.
When I pulled up to the Starbucks window, I was pleasantly surprised to find out the woman ahead of me paid for my drink. Her random generosity immediately altered my mood. I was reminded that God was looking out for me and loved me. I was so encouraged that I passed on the kindness by giving a few bucks to the Starbucks Barista. Her face immediately lit up and she thanked me.
This story demonstrates how one random act of kindness can have a positive ripple effect. The woman who paid for my Starbucks changed the trajectory of my day, and I passed on the kindness to someone else. Her generosity didn’t require a huge bank account, it just required a selfless heart and five bucks. Giving generously doesn’t always require a fat wallet.
We all have the ability to positively impact someone’s life. In fact, we don’t even need any money. For instance, you could offer to carry an elderly person’s groceries or write a nice note to a co-worker, leave an encouraging note on the counter or in the bathroom for your spouse or roommate. You could compliment a random persons style, handbag or dress. Even a smile and a simple “hello” can change someones day. Bryanna always says “have a blessed day” to complete strangers, who often times respond with a big smile and a “hey thanks.” These are just a couple of the countless ways you could make a positive impact.
The media may not broadcast your kindness, but rest assured the person on the receiving end will remember. And who knows, your random, small act of kindness could have an everlasting positive impact on the next person.
Until Next Time Be Whole and Be Fit