It’s the middle of May. How did that happen? How did it get to even be the beginning of May in the first place, when I was planning on posting a blog, and then suddenly go to being the middle of May? Time really does so easily slip away.
I’ve finally found a few minutes to sit down and write. The door is locked, I’m in for the evening, the glass of wine is poured and I’m here. There are two half-written blogs in my drafts folder but they are both for another day.
I’ve been asked a lot of questions lately, which will be answered in said currently half-written drafts, but questions do really make you think. The most common I get asked about the blog is when the next instalment of The Adoption Tale is coming – soon I hope, I know it’s very overdue! The most common question lately has been asking me about my new little business venture – again, to be answered in another blog but it’s true to say I’m loving every minute of it so far and because of that, May has been a thriller of a month so far!
Things are busy, life is busy but it’s productive, social and a way of connecting with people – a brilliant thing in itself. Because people are brilliant. They are simply amazing. They can be funny, serious, predictable, spontaneous, warm, cold, thoughtful, careless, generous, loving, cruel … the list could go on. People have so many facets. We all have our strengths, we all have our weaknesses. At the end of the day, we are all on a planet called Earth, simply trying to live life in the very best way we possibly can. And in order to do that, we have no choice but to interact with others, with those around us, on a daily basis.
Every day when we wake up, we know that the day ahead will involve people. We will interact with those we love the most, with our friends, with our work colleagues, we will interact with those ‘casual acquaintances’ we know from everyday life – the man who works in the garage, the girl who works behind the bar or in the coffee shop we frequent, and we will also mix with people we’ve never met before and are unlikely to ever meet again. Life is a recipe of people.
And I wonder sometimes how intentional we are with the people we meet. When we’re having a good day and the sky is blue and the sun is shining, it’s easy to smile at a stranger or be that little bit kinder to the old lady next door. But when it’s not so sunny, when we’re having a stormy day and the stresses of life press on us, how much do we let that affect our interactions?
In my world, every day is a new day. Yesterday becomes yesterday, tomorrow is tomorrow, but today is a blank canvas and I try to remind myself that every morning. There are days when I fail but being intentional every morning, helps me personally to keep focused. Because you never know what someone else is going through. And your flippancy to someone because you’re having a little bit of a bad day, could be the final straw for someone else carrying a whole lot more.
So. Tomorow morning, how will you decide to interact with the people you meet? Will you smile and bless and show warmth and friendliness and go that little bit further to help make someone else’s day? I hope so, because one day someone might just do the same for you. Humanity, when intentionally good, is a beautiful thing. Simply open your mind, your eyes and your heart that little bit wider every day.