Most days as a part of my journaling I make a list of five things I’m grateful for from the previous day. This morning one of the my items was the opportunity to change lives.
Lest you think I’m being too grandiose, let me explain. I’ve just returned from staffing a grief workshop in Maine. Having witnessed and participated in this work (both as a staff member and workshop attender) for many years, I know that it has a capacity to make a profound difference in people’s lives. I’ve sen the changes that healing can bring.
Here’s the thing. That kind of opportunity isn’t just limited to those of us who have the privilege of doing this work. It’s available to everyone.
- Extending kindness to a clerk who’s been getting chewed out by irate customers.
- Holding the door for a mom struggling with a stroller.
- Writing a note or sending a card just to say I care.
You may not feel like such things are big enough or matter enough, but let me tell you a story.
A woman who was going through a very bad time decided to kill herself. For some reason she had to wait a few days and went to the grocery store in the interim. The cashier smiled at her and treated her with lovely kindness.
The woman decided that if she was worth being treated so nicely that maybe she was worth something after all. Maybe a little something. Just enough of a something to keep going, to keep living.
You have no idea of what people are carrying inside of them. You have no idea of what power it may be for someone to be seen and welcomed as a person, as just another beloved child of God with the right to occupy a place on this planet.
As we change lives in these small hidden ways we are also a part of changing the world.
That’s good news enough for a Monday.
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