Today's world is loaded with stress. Mastering the split between career and family and climbing up the corporate ladder is a tough one, making people often feel left alone in their efforts to please everyone around them. And then there are these days, where just everything seems to go wrong...
The alarm goes off far before you are ready to face the day, you try to grab some bites for breakfast but are already running late. On the way to work you drop the kids at school but can't find a parking lot. You reach work late and get a warning from your boss. Once you finally reach your desk, a huge load of emails piled up in your inbox. The day is packed with tight deadlines and meetings and you have to stay longer to finish the load. On the way back you need to get your groceries at the supermarket and while you cross the parking, both hands full of heavy bags, it starts to rain. On the remaining way home, an accident happened and you get stuck in traffic and by the time you could finally spend some quality time with our partner, you start a fight over a minor little thing. The days pass, your stress is piling up and latest by Wednesday you are desperately longing for the weekend to get some well deserved time out.
Sounds like you? Then take a deep breath now because sometimes, withing all this chaos, something beautiful happens and this changes everything....
You wake up and your spouse prepared a surprise breakfast for you. You reach your kids' school and a stranger offers you the last parking lot with a smile. You reach your desk and find a freshly brewed cup of coffee with a note from your colleague. Your boss passes by to thank you for a job well done. Once you leave the supermarket, a friendly stranger offers to carry your bags to your car. The sun is shining and you reach home in no time where you spend a lovely and relaxing evening with your family.
How did you feel reading the first version of the story? Did you find yourself in it and did you feel that uncomfortable feeling in your stomach while you were thinking of your own daily grind? And when you read the second version of the story, was there maybe a little smile on your face? A feeling of gratitude and joy while imagining the nice deeds others did for you? Haven't those nice little gestures changed your entire day?
Let me ask you a question and please be honest with yourself.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WERE THE REASON SOMEONE SMILED?
Princess Diana once made the following beautiful statement:
"Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you".
The next time you feel stress and anger soaring, pause for a moment, close your eyes and take a deep breath. Reflect on all the good things in your life with gratitude and then open your eyes with a smile. Pass on that smile to others and carry out that random act of kindness to the next person you meet. You never know what the someone is going through, therefore, be kind - always!