Sometimes “positive” gets a bad rap. People think that you have to be loud and boisterous or outrageous in order to be positive. Not true. Although I CAN be all of those things, mostly I’m just really enthusiastic. But many times, positive can just be kind or caring or supportive.
Yesterday, for instance, I went to a drug store to grab a tube of toothpaste and as I got out of my car, an elderly gentleman was trying to put a walker he’d just bought into his trunk. I spoke to him cheerfully and asked him if he needed some help? He said, “it won’t fit; I can’t get it in the trunk!” I said “yes, sir; we just need to push right here…” and I pulled up the cross supports so it collapsed and folded neatly into his trunk. You’d have thought I’d given him a winning lotto ticket! He thanked me, and “God bless”ed me, and shook my hand and was exceedingly grateful. Something so small — 30 seconds and a smile.
Sunday some folks were raising money for a children’s program in front of my Walmart (yes, I own them all. LOL) People were passing them by like they were offering the plague. When I came out of the store I went to see what they were raising for — a program to teach kids about entrepreneurship. I gave them a few bucks, declined the candy they offered (my waist didn’t need it.) They said, “Thank you sir; I’ll give a nice child the candy on your behalf.” I said, that would be fine. That took maybe 3 minutes.
Positive doesn’t have to be huge! It can be a kind word, or just acknowledging that someone exists, when they feel alone or forgotten. Walk up to an old person that everyone is ignoring and just say, “Good morning, sir”… or ma’am. Watch them light up. Help someone cross the street — that still works too :-) Call someone you haven’t seen in a while and say hello. Check the name badge on your cashier next purchase, and address them by name when you say “thank you”. I’m sure you can think of some others.
So… no video today, no rousing commentary. But, go ahead and be quietly positive today. Tomorrow we can go back to being boisterous and seriously energized.
Have an awesome day.