It’s easy to get caught up in the fast lane – work, study, starting your own business, email, facebook, twitter, linkedin, text, kids, partners, family, friends – oh and don’t forget to exercise, eating, sleeping – and other people’s perceptions…It’s also easy to go with the flow and take all of the opportunities on offer, whatever comes to hand. There is so much to do in this world we live in, so much to experience, so many people to help. How can we possibly fit it all in?
We cant. We’re all human. Everyone has a limit.
But do you know what – it doesn’t matter. We can all make a difference, no matter how ‘small’ that is.
I look at it this way – How do you feel when you are walking down the street and someone smiles at you, possibly says hello, instead of looking at their feet, at the sky, at their watch, or through you? I feel good. It makes me feel like I’m not just going through the motions, one of the nameless masses going through my day to day business, seperate from everyone else around me.
I think everyone can make a difference, even if it’s just by smiling at someone as they walk down the street. I’ve been trying this out lately, more and more, and it FEELS good. Sure, I may get some weird looks…there’s that crazy lady again smiling for no reason – and yes, it is generally the older people who are more receptive. But there is just something about seeing someone like my Nan smiling back at me, or the Big Issue lady at the train station in the morning with that sparkle in her eye…