It’s (almost) the weekend! You know what that means, right?
It means that all we who spend our week in the great indoors get to venture out into the light of day!
And you know what happens when we step out and brave civilization??
People! People happen!
No matter where you go or what you do this weekend, I’m pretty sure you’re going to come across people.
In line at Starbucks, at the grocry store, at the zoo, in traffic…
Even if your entire weekend consists of just you and your family out hiking a remote, isolated wilderness trail, you will still find people. (Because your family count as people…right?)
Okay, so we get it. People are in our weekend forecast. What’s the point?
The point is this – all those people we will come into contact with are real, thinking, feeling human beings. They’re not just extras in our life’s story. In fact in their minds, they’re the star.
So in our story, the lady holding up the line at Walmart with her 1,000 coupons is a hinderance to our schedule. But in her story, she’s spent hours clipping those coupons so her family can have enough to eat this week.
In our story, the man standing at the corner of the street asking for money is simply someone we guiltily avoid eye contact with. But in his story, he was laid off and hasn’t found a job in two months.
In our story, the cashier who curtly rings up our shopping treasures is just being rude and an example of poor customer service. But in her story, her mom just passed away and the anger is a mask so she doesn’t break down in tears.
Guys, here’s the thing. Just as the hurt and problems we deal with are so very real and heavy in our hearts, those we will come into contact with are bearing very similar burdens.
They’re not a nuisance.
They’re not a waste of time.
They’re not someone to hurry around.
They are living, breathing, feeling people.
Let’s step out of our own problems and schedules long enough to see them. Really see them.
And not just see them, but let’s take the time to shine a little love and hope into their heart.
Cause you know when you’re going through a hard time and someone – even a stranger – takes a moment to just be kind? How that simple gesture is just enough to keep you going that day?
Let’s be that for someone else.
I want to leave you with this quote:
I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being; let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
ETIENNE DE GRELLET
Let’s make that our mantra this weekend. Because wherever we go, whatever we do, whomever we meet…we will not pass that way again.
[Edited & reposted – April]
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