Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Go Ahead... Make My Day!

I went to a backyard sale with a friend last summer and as we approached the driveway, I noticed a man standing off to one side. I made eye contact with him and smiled and said hello. He said hi back and as I strolled by him I told him with a smile to have a wonderful day and that was the end of that. There certainly wasn’t anything formal about our interchange.

After my friend and I perused all of the potential bargains and decided there wasn’t anything we couldn’t live without, we made a beeline to the car to head to our next “jackpot” destination. As I was walking with a mission, I heard, “Miss? Miss?” I turned to see the same man walking toward me with much determination to tell me something. “Mam, no stranger has ever talked to me before. I just want to thank-you for making my day!” Well, needless to say I was speechless. I kind of stammered out an “It was my privilege!” and proceeded to my car as if stunned.

The polite conversation I had with this man took all of 1 minute at most and yet it “made his day!” This summer day was a milestone for me, as I realized how important a simple random act of kindness is in the life of another person. The contribution is minimal, yet the effects can be monumental.

As I go about my activities of daily living, I am going to work at being more mindful of the opportunities God gives me daily to “make someone’s day.”

The Word of God says that we will know a Christian by their fruit and those fruits of the Spirit are, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22 & 23).

Let’s take the time to share a little of God’s fruits with those we come in contact with each day. Not only will it make their day… but it will mean so much that our acts of kindness added some sunshine to an otherwise cloudy day for another person.

Go ahead… “make my day!” :)

Marisa

2 comments:

Scott said...

If I may reword a saying, "Be nice to people. They are all fighting against something they consider rough."

A smile is a really nice thing to give and it doesn't cost you a thing.
We all need to be reminded of that. With the stroke resetting all my "filters", I have to work now to be really nice to people. It used to be so easy. Helps me to appreciate that, too.
Scott

Marisa and Brittany said...

Scott,

You have no problem being nice to me and I appreciate your friendship so much!

I don't think you're the only one who needs to be reminded now and then to not be so preoccupied with our own agendas to notice and be kind to those around us. In the busyness of life we sometimes forget there are others muddling through this life with us.

A warm smile truly speaks volumes and is a gentle reminder we're not alone... there are angels all around us serving to make the day just a little bit brighter :)

Have a great day, Scott!

Marisa