I wanted to share something with you today that made me smile. Because maybe, it could make you smile. Or even better, you could take what I learned from it and go do something awesome with it.
Yesterday I felt that my mum needed a little bit of cheering up so I hopped onto the internet knowing that she checks her emails first thing in the morning and sent a little poem to her inbox which I had found a while ago about the power of being a mum. It wasn't a big soppy thing that you would expect on mother's day, but a nice little reminder to say hey; you're great at doing what you do! So off it popped to her inbox and I climbed into bed and hoped for some form of positive response in the morning.
The next day comes and I had completely forgotten about the email, my mum is at work and so was my dad. I am home alone so I start doing on some of my own stuff that I should probably be checking off on my 'to-do' list. I'll mention here that my mum works with families that have children with special needs. She's a home visitor, which basically means a super woman, therapist, councillor, Jeremy Kyle, friend and supporter to all these families who need that extra bit more.
My mum comes home and as the day goes on, we finally all sit down to have dinner. Suddenly she reminds me of the email. I remember her saying something along the lines of; 'oh, that email you sent was nice, Ellie! I printed off two copies when I got it and gave them to some mums at work'. I had a big beaming grin on my face the moment she told me this and I didn't really know what to respond with. Sounds a little over dramatic if I'm honest but it was because not only did this tell me that she enjoyed the poem so much herself that she wanted others to see it (and believe me, my mum isn't always about those soppy mumsy stuff), but that it now has the potential to make another mum smile. Probably a mum that needs it a lot right now.
After I thought about this, it reminded me of that 'little act of kindness' speech we are always told about. 'Smile, it's infectious' and 'if everyone was kind, the world would be a better place'; all that kinda stuff. Think 'Imagine' by The Beatles. (One of my mum's favourites actually; probably because she's always trying to do better for other people rather than herself). This little poem incident reminded me of the domino effect and how doing one good thing to one person has the potential to do two good things to another... and so on.
If you wake up one day and the world seems to be looking grey (the woman at the till didn't once smile, the man outside moaned at you for getting in his way, someone watched your shopping bag rip and had no intention of wanting to help), then why are you going to give back? What motive would you have to smile at strangers or offer to help the old lady across the road get into her taxi? You wouldn't. But when something kind happens to you, it sets you up into a good mood and naturally encourages you to be a better person without even having to think about it. Maybe if you made just one person's day every single day of the month... You would make 30 people's day. That is 30 lives. And all of those individual lives include lots more people which that could affect. Who knows what that has the potential of doing, especially when you don't know how much someone needs it.
Love and hugs