A wise friend of mine said once, “some days it all comes down to whether you’re swinging a red, or a blue lightsaber.”
He was talking about the basic question of whether you will be a force for good or bad. Will you be self centered or generous? Gloomy or sunny? Will you give or will you take?
Some days the world seems so depleted. It’s amazing how little it takes to give a bit back. I’m not even talking about charities, money, volunteer work or anything like that. Those things are great, but it takes so little effort to spread some cheer around.
Today I wrote a letter, a real actual letter, on paper with a pen, and I mailed it to my favorite blog. I sincerely thanked the founders for all they have done to enrich my life. I’d been meaning to do that for a couple of years now and it’s embarrassing to recall how long it took me to finally do it. Just one sheet of paper, and envelope and a stamp – but it was a swing of the saber, and a shot against the darkness.
A sincere thank you goes such a long way. My current job is so much better than the one I had last year, and much of that is because I feel appreciated. A smile in the grocery store, letting someone into traffic, a friendly wave to a neighbor, a sincere compliment. We can show appreciation and share cheer with family and friends as well as strangers.
So cheap, so simple, and so priceless. It makes you feel good, it makes them feel good, it builds community, and it begins to fill up what’s been depleted.
Thank you for reading! I appreciate you!