Every day we have an impact on the world and the people around us. In every situation there is a different interpretation of a shared event and different points of view. In every moment, we bring with us our perspective, our gifts and we impact the people and the world around us, even if we’re unaware of our influence. A smile or kind word to a stranger can turn that person’s day around just as an aggressive moment of road rage can ruin a person’s morning. Taking a moment to move a turtle from the middle of the road to the adjoining field makes a difference. Picking up the piece of trash from the trail when you’re walking through the woods is a hugely positive, impactful thing to do. To clap and cheer for the performer who has taken the time to practice their craft and then share it with the audience is to offer a positive affirmation and appreciation of their effort.
We are not here to take whatever we can from the people and the world around us for our own benefit. We are not here to pillage the environment and take advantage. Our mission, the reason we are here, is to offer our gifts to the world, to see how we can help and to make a difference. Our challenge is to tread lightly and remember always that every kindness we offer changes the world – whether ultimately we know it or not.