I have been around and known so many different types of people through my work as a manager for Vector Marketing. I managed people from broken homes, people who lie, deeply emotionally troubled people, and truly successful people.
The unique thing about my job was that I was able to give all types of people an opportunity to better themselves. When I ran interviews for upwards of twenty people at the same time, I would often look out onto the audience and study people’s faces. Some were worn with history while some were young and bright. I wondered about all the things that happened to those people in their lives that brought them to this point, here with me.
We cross many people’s paths a hundred times a day: standing in line at the ATM, sitting down for lunch at a restaurant, or paying for a pack of gum at the local convenience store. So many people take for granted the thousands of little ways that we can truly impact other people and help them have a better day. Even something as simple as saying ‘bless you’ when someone sneezes has the ability to make someone feel good or noticed.
I can remember a time that my mom and I were standing in line at Home Depot. I had just moved into my first house and we were picking up a few supplies to hang pictures and clean. We had a huge cart full of things when we went to the checkout counter. We were standing there for over five minutes when I noticed a middle aged man standing behind us with one or two items. I looked at him and said, “Would you like to go ahead of us? We aren’t in much of a hurry, and you have a lot less things…” It was no big deal, I’ve done things like this before.
This man smiled in such a godly way. He was so gracious that I had been aware enough to notice. He accepted my offer. Not thinking much about what I had done, I drifted off to look at the assortment of random items sitting by the checkout counter. This man had proceeded to tell my mom that he was so grateful, and that there are few people in the world that would do such a thing. She expressed how proud she was of me and who I have turned into.
Whether it is a chance to open the door for someone, or taking time to ask how someone’s day is going, we all have an opportunity to teach others through our generosity.
What will you do today to make a small, but great difference in someone’s life?