Yesterday I had an amazing meeting with one of the director's of a large company based in Phoenix. I left feeling very inspired, but something she said has really been playing through my head.
"People are either going into a hard situation, are in the middle of one, or just coming out of one. It's just how life is."
As I've thought about that statement, I've thought about how differently we would all treat each other if we kept that in the forefront of our minds. We never know what people are going through, or what they've been through. I go to a local bead store to get the majority of our supplies for Threads. I've gotten to know the employees really well since I'm in there so much, and there's one man who works there who has to be the nicest and happiest person I've ever met.
He's always smiling and so upbeat, to a point where you laugh with happiness because he's just so cheerful. I've really never met anyone like him, and I look forward to seeing him every time I go in.
Earlier this week during my bead run, I noticed that his two daughters were there. One of which is only 6 and has lost half of her hair. She looks very, very sick. I don't know exactly what she has, but I do know that she's going through treatments and it must be incredibly hard for their family. I was shocked that such a trial is currently happening in this man's life because you would never, ever guess it. I was so grateful that we have a good relationship with each other, because how ashamed I would be if I had gotten upset or angry at him at some point.
In my life, I've tried really hard to get to know people individually since we all have stories to tell. But I am making a further commitment to leave people better than I found them. To uplift them somehow during our conversation, even if it lasts only seconds.
We all leave our mark on this world whether or not we are conscious of it. Being intentional with our conversations and interactions will bring so much more positivity into the hearts of those who need it.
Who's with me?