This morning I saw this on my Facebook page. What an inspiring way to start off a new month. It embodies everything that I am trying to promote!
- You can start fresh and begin again, wipe the slate clean.
- Today you can embrace kindness
- Practice compassion
- Stand up for justice
- Talk to strangers
- Ask for help
- Offer hope
- Listen with your whole heart
- Work for the common good
- Love well
- YOU can be the change you wish to see in the world
It only takes one person to make a change. Be that person!
Many of these things are not difficult. My favorite one, yet the one I am probably the most uncomfortable with, is “talk to strangers”. This seems ironic, since we are always warning our children to do the opposite. I read somewhere that, “every passing face on the street represents a story every bit as compelling and complicated as yours”. This is so true. It will go beyond my comfort zone, but, I am making it my personal goal to do this. It should not be too hard. I see new people all of the time. It can start with a smile, a “hello”, or “how are you today”? Tomorrow, I will begin, as I attend my first meeting of “The Maplewood Kindness Committee”. I do not know anyone in the group, nor do I know what to expect, but as Will Rogers said, “Strangers are just friends I haven’t met yet,” so I will go knowing no one but perhaps leave, making some new friends in the process.