Sometimes we forget. We get caught up in the daily grind, the mundane, the to-do lists. We let a negative comment, a rude phone call or a nasty email affect our day, but what about the good?
I’ve always said, “It’s the little things in life that make the world go ’round,” and I truly believe that. It’s not just the grand gestures or the expected circumstances. It’s the brief times when someone is extraordinarily thoughtful — the times when they don’t even realize it themselves.
Living in a city is tough. You become jaded in your thinking and everyone is no longer good. They’re homeless, or loud, or scary, or foreign, or annoying. They’re never good. It’s the most attention I’ve ever paid to perfect strangers.
Some people are taught to assume the worst and be pleasantly surprised should they be wrong. Living in the city and with the “trust no one” mentality because “everyone has their own agenda” seems to make the little good things easily ignored or disregarded.
And sometimes, we’re just too busy to even notice.
A coworker who supplies me with cold medicine because I have too many meetings to walk down to Walgreens and pick some up myself.
A step-mother who couldn’t be more dedicated to her children and treating them as just that…hers.
A boyfriend who makes the bed every morning and cleans the litter box (sometimes) without being asked.
A friend who sends an email with the subject line, “You Rock!” Just because.
A stranger on a bus who says, “You look beautiful.”
A man on the sidewalk returning a dropped dollar bill.
A barista offering an extra shot of espresso for free.
Flowers brought to the office for no reason.
A thoughtful message or phone call, just to say, “Hi.”
Someone asking, “How are you?” and meaning it.
These little things — they all add up into big things that melt hearts and make days.
What is one little thing that has happened to you recently that proves people are good?