Tuesday, January 11, 2011
It snowed last night. It was the soft powdery kind of snow that is easy to dust off your car and sidewalk. It means an extra fifteen to twenty minutes to get ready and after all, who isnít rushed most mornings to begin with? I took the garbage out and decided now was as good of time as any to dust off the car. I like early mornings, they have this sacred feeling to me. The world hasnít started moving yet, everything is quiet and I think clearer. I finished my car and spied my neighbors van. I walked over and dusted off both their cars and then went across the street and did theirs. This story would sound very poignant if those people were elderly or infirmed and couldnít do it themselves. By my calculations they are fifteen to twenty years younger than I am. But thatís not why I did it.
While I was brushing off my own car I started thinking about how awfully wrapped up in my own little world I can get. I become so consumed with John that I become myopic. There is only MY world, MY journey and MY health. Donít stand in front of me too long or youíll get run over. One of my Spark Heroes wrote a few weeks back that they became healthy when they stopped obsessing on being healthy. Iím over simplifying here but you get the point. I donít, and shouldnít kneel before the scale or the calorie counter and worship or adore it. If I become so obsessed with me, what I look like what size I wear and how far I can run, well in the end Iím just a skinny person who is unhappy. When I take the gift Iíve been given and even if itís in a very small way, share it with other people, then my journey becomes easier and brighter. Itís not all about me. It is, but it isnít. I have been given a gift and I am empowered to share that gift with everyone I meet.
So I walked over and brushed off Paul and Carries car and then Imeldaís. Maybe, when they looked out and saw that some snow gremlin saved those fifteen minutes today they could finish their cup of coffee and have that conversation they have been meaning to have. They might be able to finish their cross word puzzle and it just might make a snowy day seem sunny. I donít know and I donít care. I did it freely and I did it because it meant someone elseís day was lighter and easier to bear. It wasnít a huge thing and most likely theyíll never know.
I have seen such small acts restore peopleís faith in themselves and the world. I have watched people summon the resolve to make it one more day because of a small random act of kindness. So today I am going to commit three and I ask you to join me. It doesnít count if you plan ahead, LOL. When the opportunity presents itself do something for somebody and it would be even nicer if they never knew who did it. Itís as much a part of this journey as the fruits and veggies. Call it a good deed, call it what you will, I promise you will feel better about you when you do.