There are days when I can barely figure out what my thoughts are – let alone write about them. When that happens sometimes I pull out a huge envelope of athlete photos, and it is there I find inspiration.
I’m sure most of you reading this would agree that right now in our world there is a lot of sadness and some pretty depressing things going on. It’s not hard to go through the day heavy-hearted. I think most of us would like to help bring comfort or relief, but if you are like me, you just aren’t always sure how to really do that in a way that truly makes a difference.
We can’t always change our circumstances or anyone else’s for that matter, but there is something we can do that doesn’t cost a dime or take a lot of effort. By intentionally shifting our focus from WHAT is going on to WHO is in our space – followed by a few friendly words or a compliment – you can really lift someone’s spirit and make their day and your day nicer. Last week I read about two students from Purdue University who stood on campus every Wednesday holding a sign that said “Free Compliments.” After three weeks they noticed that people were intentionally going out of their way to walk past them just to hear a kind word. Now that may sound corny, but here’s the thing.
Try it. Focus on someone in your space – say a kind word or two- and then see what reaction you get. I’d love to hear your story.