All It Takes
Sometimes all it takes is a kind word, a polite gesture, or a sincere smile. People won’t look you in the eye anymore, unless it’s to convey a strong emotion. In a way that’s kinda sad, because how else can we connect. Text message? My current situation doesn’t allow me to have much one on one personal conversation. And often when I do, neither my bride or a family member drags me away.
I’m a natural talker, I come from a long line of talkers. My Granddaddy Thornton was a business owner and held court at the store everyday. While my Grandma Geiger always had a house full gathered around her kitchen table. Talking just runs through my family tree. And besides that I grew up before smartphones or the Internet.
But sadly in this interconnected world, there are still those that feel so utterly alone. It should be up to us (those of us that are aware) to always take a moment to reach out. Say a kind word, pay someone a compliment, or even smile. I know the world teaches us to fear everything, but sometimes all it that’s is a little faith and serenity to do what’s right.
So many cry for just a moment of compassion. They are often bound by chains of fear, abuse, and pain. I see it in the eyes of so many people I cross paths with. Now I’m not asking you to stop and hug every stranger you meet. All I’m saying is that you to try and be a little more intuitive. Look beyond yourself and consider the feelings of others. Then maybe, just maybe; we can all have a much better day.
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