My Terrible, Awful, No Good, Very Bad Day…and What I Learned From It
First, I went to go renew my driver’s license, only to encounter a snafu with some paperwork that left me standing in line trying to sort out my life for more than five hours.
After basically wasting the entire day, I got home and collapsed on the couch for a brief rest. And things started to look up. Briefly. That is, until I went to leave my apartment again to grab some dinner and discovered that my apartment complex managers/maintenance staff had ripped open a bag of my garbage and scattered it across my front porch because they determined that I threw said trash bag into the wrong trash can. (A trash can that I had no idea I wasn’t supposed to throw…well, TRASH in. There was no sign or anything). And yes, this actually happened. I had to bundle the scattered trash back up and go deposit it back into the rogue trash can, which as I’m sure you can imagine, was all sorts of fun. Couldn’t they have just left a note?!?
After ALL that…I was left stressed, frazzled, and ready to curl up in a ball and cry for the rest of the night.
But then I posted on Twitter about my bad day and got an influx of wonderful sentiments and prayers sent my way. And then, out of the blue, a friend texted me a wonderful message and prayer. And after that, I went in my favorite Starbucks and the wonderful baristas gave me a frappuccino and a cookie on the house to cheer me up. Which both seem like such simple gestures…texts and tweets and cookies…but they took up such a large space in my heart. And THAT reminded me that sometimes, that’s all it takes. You don’t have to throw a parade in someone’s honor, or buy them fancy gifts. You just have to CARE. That’s it. It’s so simple.
Small gestures turned my terrible, awful, no good, very bad day yesterday around. Today I encourage you to take five minutes and send someone a sweet email or text. Or buy the person’s coffee behind you in line. Or send an encouraging tweet to someone you know going through a hard time. It does matter. It does count.
Because small acts of kindness and love can often have the biggest impact.
What small gesture has someone done for YOU that turned a bad day into a good one? Sound off in the comments below!