We went down to the river several days ago and the only people still there, (it was almost 6 p.m.) were three young boys and their grandmother. She was standing on the bank watching them as they played. As we made our way to the water, they waved to us, (even though we didn’t know them) and asked questions about Luke (who seemed to be enjoying watching them too!). They left before we did, and as they were all piling into the car, this happy little group smiled and waved and yelled goodbye. We felt like we had been blessed.
Sometimes we think we think we need to be doing big, important, things to change ourselves (and be of service to the world) and yet just the simple act of smiling, saying hi, enjoying the moment, has such a positive impact on those around us.
These little boys had no idea that their fun afternoon made the world a better place.
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman