Rainbows are remarkable. They are brief moments of joyful beauty in the sky that occur when sunshine and rainclouds meet, leaving a lasting impression. Rainbows don’t just appear in the sky. We are also capable of creating our own rainbows every day through our words and actions. Many people hold onto clouds. We need to bring them the sunshine to create a rainbow of goodness and beauty. One small act of kindness is all you need.
I’ve always known the power of a simple action. I understand the effect a kind word can have on someone’s day. Yet, despite this awareness, sometimes I completely underestimate the true power one of these actions can really have. Other people are constantly reminding me of how each little thing I do has a lasting effect. Guess what? Every little thing that you do has a lasting effect on others, too. Most of us don’t even realize how others are impacted by the way we act or things we do. When someone in the car next to you smiles at you, you feel a little happier. When the person yells obscenities at you, your mood goes down. Do you want to be the person that adds a little gloom to someone’s day with unkind words or lack of recognition? Or would you rather be the person that does consistent acts of kindness to bring sunshine into someone’s life?
Some little things you can do that have a big impact:
- send a random text, e-mail, or message to say hello.
- make eye contact.
- smile at everyone.
- say hello to people.
- open a door for someone.
- leave encouraging notes (post-its are fun!).
- compliment someone.
- give a hug. be random.
- pay for someone’s meal or cup of coffee.
- present someone with a flower.
- dance. in public. someone will see you and smile.
- open doors for others.
- show appreciation. say thank you to each person that does something for you today.
What can you do today to be a rainbow in someone’s life?
Last week, I had the pleasure of mingling with some popular writers that advocate minimalism and location independence. As I stepped off the bus on the corner of Addison & Clark, my palms sweated, my heart beat quicker with each step, and I kept resisting the urge to use the restroom. The prospect of meeting prominent bloggers and the impression that I may or may leave upon them was daunting. However, before entering Rockit Bar & Grill, I paused to take a deep breath and remind myself to just be honest. Just be me. They will either like me or dislike me and there is nothing I can do about that as long as I am genuine.
I went inside, met everyone, had a great time, learned new things, discussed ideas, and left.
On my journey home, I had time to reflect on the conversations of the evening. I should not have been nervous. I had nothing to be afraid of. Everyone I met were ‘normal’ people doing remarkable things with their lives. Other people in the bar probably had no idea of the energy that radiated between us, yet, in our circle, we were fully aware of the movement. This led me to realize that often, we pass by other people and are completely oblivious to the beautiful passions that lie within. Some of the most inspiring people we could meet pass you on a daily basis, serve you your coffee every morning, drive your bus, or work in the next cubicle as you (I’m sure there is another Nina in a corporate office, waiting to break the restraints and live).
If we take a few moments to pay attention to the people in our daily routines, we spend less time tracking the lives of distant strangers and instead, inspire and foster the growth of people in our own communities by connecting with the immediate strangers and friends we see often.
You’re probably wondering about the people I met. They are all wonderful. I originally intended to write a post in which I introduced you to almost each person I met. After I started writing, the focus shifted and I realized that it probably doesn’t make a difference if you know. However, it seemed a shame for me to erase everything I wrote, especially after the face-to-face interactions did influence me (this is my blog, after all). Let’s meet them…