Forgiveness is not easy – but it is MUCH easier when first asked for it. Forgiving someone after being asked for it is important – but it still leaves room for personal validation of our egos to say “see, I was right after all, so now that you acknowledge it, okay – I forgive you.”
Help Wanted! If you were hurt long ago in the past, or in a small way today, close your eyes, take a deep breath, breathe out slowly and forgive the individual by name (and/or by face). The world is more connected than we think. There is more power to forgiveness, especially when the individuals ‘know not what they do’.
Few gifts worth giving rival proactive forgiveness — it will make the forgiven, the forgiver, and the world, better.
Traffic… There are few opportunities to exhibit a SIMPLE SELFLESS ACT more timely than on your morning or evening drive! Each individual is likely “rushing to get somewhere” – yet – most of us fail to recognize the fact that everyone else is in the same exact boat!
Help Wanted! When traffic is backed up – and you see someone trying to take a “left turn” onto a busy street – take a moment to let them in if you can. We’ve all had someone go out of their way to do it for us – more often, everyone ignores us – which means we likely tend to ignore them when the shoe is on the other foot.
Let someone in – give a stranger ‘the unexpected’ help that we would not expect but at the same time truly appreciate. Let a stranger take a left turn, and help the world take a turn for the better!
Tomorrow, my small contribution to a better world will be to:
SMILE at a stranger, and be soooo bold as to provide a genuine “hello!” as I walk by.
Sounds easy enough. That means that we probably don’t put enough importance into it’s impact. It’s probably a matter of prioritization versus challenge, because it’s easy enough I would have expected more strangers to smile at me today — yet, they probably would say the same to me, so one of us has to just “break the chain” and do it.
What’s the worst that can happen? They ignore my hello and receive my smile with a scowl? Any pain I feel from that is more on me and the unnecessary expectations I assign to the exchange. Maybe that same person will be, even ever-so slightly, more inclined to smile back next time, or the ‘time’ after that.
Your help is much wanted, and your smile is much appreciated!!! 🙂