Every day we do a thousand things that could either hurt or help ourselves and others. We make tons of decisions about our lives and the lives of the other people we interact with. Sometimes they’re really good decisions, sometimes they’re lucky decisions, sometimes they’re selfish decisions, sometimes they’re selfless decisions, sometimes they’re lazy decisions, sometimes they’re rushed decisions and sometimes they’re thoughtless decisions. It’s always my goal to make one more thoughtful and selfless decision each day, but I’m not perfect and don’t expect that I’ll make all perfect decisions anytime in the near future (and sidenote: sometimes the best decision you can make is a selfish one).
So what if, instead of trying for the impossibility of perfect, we focused more on doing one more thing that could positively change the world? What if instead of letting that insensitive thought fly out of our mouths, instead we looked for the words that would heal or free someone? What if instead of playing the victim card you turned it around and became the victor? What if instead of trying to get revenge on someone for the way they hurt you, instead you went on to encourage someone else? What if instead of looking for ways that you can be king or queen, you looked for ways to make a difference instead? What if instead of trying to always be center stage, you let someone else shine? What if you took the spotlight off your life and you looked for ways that you could make one person’s day a little brighter?
Today I encourage you to choose the gifts of encouragement, hope, reassurance and shared strength. Let people know that the whole world has not gone to pot and that there are still caring people here. Let the world know that each person matters, as an individual and a human being. Let people know that they are not forgotten. Finally, let someone know that their life is not over and they can still find purpose and fulfillment and live their life however they choose. Who will you encourage today?
“Is there somebody in your life whom by a word or an action you can help to unbind, help to set free? Give them hope. For that is God’s gift to each one of us. Give that gift to another today.” Br. Geoffrey Tristram