an excerpt from a conversation with someone very important to me:
"the thing i think people forget is that we move through our daily routines with many, many meetings and partings with other people. those interactions shape who we are individually and the role we play in society. much of our outlook on others comes from our interactions with people everyday: someone wouldn’t let you get over in traffic, a lady behind you at the cashier gave you the 17 cents that you needed, someone answered a phone call in a movie theater, a guy in his BMW let you have the parking spot you waited 7 minutes for someone to back out of (even though he could’ve swiped it). one of two things happens from meetings like this: we loose a little more faith in humanity, or we discover there’s still small doses of good out there. but what’s more important is realizing that WE have that same responsibility in everyone’s life around us at all times."
so here’s my thought for the day: what if we spend today keeping this idea in mind and acting on it accordingly? maybe remember to look behind us after walking through the door to see if someone is coming in after so that the door doesn't slam on them. how about NOT posting a rant on facebook about how someone supremely wronged us to see how many people side with us? what if we wait for someone to get all the way onto the curb before flying around the corner through the crosswalk? it’s true that small things like this might not make an immediate difference, but maybe they will. realize that not putting someone in a bad mood unintentionally can be just as effective as putting them into a good mood intentionally. once we've effected one person with our mood, IT WILL SPREAD. i feel like we should try to be conscious of what we emanate because it directly correlates to how people view each other. sure misery loves company, but company does NOT love misery.
i think that more often than not, effecting someone's day/mood/perception of humanity takes only seconds out of our life, but will contribute to a ripple effect larger than we can imagine.