Take a second to look at your life and how you treat yourself and how you are treating others around you. Do you wake up grumpy, or sad or already in a bad mood before the day even gets started? Do you hold the doors open for the person behind you or smile as you walk past a stranger? As you get dressed, are you picking out all the little imperfections you hate about yourself? How often do talk to your loved ones simply to say hello, ” I hope you a good day”, and just not phone or text when you need something? I can go on and on about all the little things that are easy to do to brighten someone else’s day that get lost or forgotten because we are too caught up in our own lives. We need to take a second to take a step back to see how we are treating others and ourselves.
I challenge you,
Each morning, tell yourself something you love about yourself (not physical), move past the physical body and dig a little further, “I love that I try my best to turn a bad situation into a good situation”. Next, set yourself a goal for the day, “Today, I am going to, make sure I prep my lunch for work tomorrow”. Lastly, give yourself a morning intention, “Today, if something upsets me, I am going to take a step back and respond before I react”
These three actions are all so small in the reality of our full day but it can start your day off in the right mindset. When you start your day with a good mindset with goals and intentions you become unstoppable. Each day is a new possibility to move forward, and not back. It is a new chance to accept yourself for who you are now and make an effort to what you want to do in the future. Starting small each morning will create a routine which influences the bigger picture of where you want to go.
It is important though to not loose sight of how we are treating others as well, these people may be strangers to us or our close family and friends. Yes, we are all working on ourselves which is important, we can’t get lost in our own worlds and forget about others. There are so many simple things you can do to help brighten someone else’s day when they least expect it.
At least one time a week, send a loved one or friend a message or even a letter, say you love them or miss them or appreciate all they do for you. If you have a little extra time, give them a call, see how they are doing, take a few minutes to show them that they matter. Even for the people you don’t know you can still make a difference, hold a door for someone, pay it forward in the Tim Horton’s drive through, smile as you walk past someone. The possibilities are endless for what you can do to brighten someone else’s day, the little extra effort it may take you is so worth it to see the smile on their face or their response when you know they weren’t expecting it.
I know you can do it, take a step back from your busy life and think about yourself and where you are now and where you want to go, make that little extra effort to help a friend or stranger because you never know if your simple message or action can be the difference between them having a bad day or a good day ❤
Wishing everyone reading this a great day!