Happy Friday! I just wanted to share this quote because I’ve seen this more than once and it’s always resonated with me. (Kid President popped up when I googled the source, so he’s a pretty cool kid if he is indeed.)
You know that woman who looks beyond stressed behind you in line at the grocery store? Or your elderly neighbor you only catch a glimpse of when they’re collecting their mail? Take a minute to say hello to them, or happy Friday, or just smile! We’re all busy, but it’s equally rewarding for you to make someone else feel special by simply acknowledging them, complimenting them, or starting up small talk, as it is for them. Think about when something like a simple “hey” or an “I like your dress” turned your otherwise crappy day around.
This is something I’ve been working on over the last few years. I’m easily affected by seeing others who seem lonely and worry about people who may not feel as loved as they should. It doesn’t mean I try to become best friends with these individuals, but I firmly believe that a small gesture is worth twice its weight in gold. You never know what someone else is going through and how much of a difference you might really make for them.
I chat with my coworker who has a bit of a language barrier and is super shy because she came over from Russia in her adult years. In doing so, I found out she loves cats just as much as I do and obtained two degrees when she got here because education is extremely important to her and her college credits weren’t worth anything in the US. She’s pretty funny too and now when I see her in the hall, it brings a smile to both of our faces.
Without some small talk, we wouldn’t get to hear all the wonderful stories and experiences others have to share. It makes you more well-rounded and makes them feel like somebody pretty special too. Plus, you might end up with you making some pretty great friends in unexpected places and it only costs a minute or two of your time.