I was out at a cafe a little over a year and a half ago, and a lady stopped out of the blue to tell me that she thought I had a beautiful smile. I remember it like it was yesterday.
That morning, I had been reluctant to leave the house.
It had been a rough week. Work was stressful, I wasn’t sleeping well, my skin was playing up, my hair refused to co-operate and no matter what I put on, nothing felt right.
Brent had convinced me that a breakfast out in the sunshine would cheer me up. I was feeling flat and avoiding eye contact with everyone, the way I do when I find myself wishing that invisibility was my super power.
I didn’t even remember smiling. (I must have – probably when B offered me an extra side of bacon.)
This complete stranger, in about 3 and a half seconds, made my entire day.
My week had still been rough, my skin still felt gross, and I still wasn’t sure of my outfit, but she had made me feel sparkley. I forgot all of that for a while and I don’t think my smile left my face for the rest of the day.
I see this quote all the time, and I love it. Our words have so much more power than we give them credit for.
And so, on this sunny Monday morning, a quick reminder to me, and to you!
If you see something beautiful in someone, speak it.
It won’t just make their day, it’ll make yours.
If you have the ability to ease someone’s insecurities, (about anything!) do it.
If you get the opportunity to compliment someone on an effort they’ve made with how they look, or a job they’ve done, take it. Every time.
Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask if someone is ok – they might be fine, they might not be. Be the one that asks.
Smile at strangers.
Ask your coffee lady (or man) how their day is going.
Offer to help when someone is struggling.
Tell the people that you love, that you love them. Don’t wait. Let them know how grateful you are for them and their place in your life.
And lastly, look in the mirror when you’re getting ready today and remind yourself of all the magical things about you that make you so perfectly You.
In a world where you can be absolutely anything, choose to be kind – as often as you can.
Be the reason someones smile doesn’t leave their face today ❤