I'm reminded about the importance and power that comes from gentle and kind words.
It's the simple gestures that make all the difference when life gets busy and hard. I'm thinking of a few weeks back when I ran into Walmart to grab a few quick items before heading to some friends, it had been a really rough day and I didn't feel like I had any energy or kindness in my body at the moment. I know that may be hard to admit (ahem) but it was true... I was looking for the shortest line and scoping out cashiers in hopes for a person who didn't looked the least bit talkative. Ya I'm really social sometimes, but I didn't have the energy for anyone and I knew my words would most likely be harsh.
Needless to say I chose my line and picked up my phone to really let people know that I wasn't talk'n.
But even through all my efforts I heard from the lady in front of me say, "you can go in front of me..." I didn't think I heard correctly because she had items on the belt and I was there holding my bags of chips so I ignored her. But she said it again when I didn't respond.. "you really don't have very many things please go ahead of me." Well what do you say to that? In my case I say "are you sure?" Only to be greeted by and smile and an "of course."
I don't know what to say but in that instant I really felt like I could cry, it was the kindness and sincerity from a complete stranger that changed my day from depressing to full of life. I'm not saying that the conversation after consisted of anything really important (it was mostly about cigarettes and strange football fans) but it brought so much joy to me that I just wanted to hug her as I left and tell her how much that small gesture changed my day.
This moment with a complete stranger made me wonder what sort of impression or impact I leave with the strangers I encounter everyday?
Is it a positive impression or do my bad days make someone's day even worse. I hope that my words speak hope and peace to people, that they leave with a little smile rather than confusion or agitation. I know that words truly represent what is going on inside and I know that in order to have this impact on people I need to take the time to find peace in my own life and it will then overflow into every small moment of my life.
"May these words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight"
* thanks Danielle for taking these fun engagement pictures for us!
It was such a fun and spontaneous day