Everyday you (we) interact with people (on some level). Whether it be co-workers, strangers on the bus or train, shop keepers, waiters, baristas... all rotating through your day without much thought. It is so easy to forget that these people are living their own lives, with their own internal dialog, with their own thoughts, feelings, stories, playing out each moment That being said, what role will you play in their story?
Will you be the ass hole who checked their phone while paying for groceries (guilty! I have totally done it and I hate myself every time I do). Will you make them smile? Will you make them laugh? Will you anger them? Hurt their feelings? Shout for no reason? Show kindness in the face of frustration?
The incredible fact is- we have the ability to change the way someone feels about their day, even if it is only for a split second. Never underestimate the power you hold inside of yourself. A little kindness, grace, joy, love, goes a long way.
So what are you waiting for? Compliment a stranger, share a laugh with your barista, put away your phone and engage with the people around you, you will be amazed by the positive effect it has, not only on the people around you, but on how you feel as well!
You are a beautiful force in the world, never forget that.