Joy to the World

Recently, someone asked me, if I could do exactly what I wanted all day long, what would I do. I said something along the lines of “I would go to stores and places where people are often sad or frustrated and I would make them smile.”

Is that crazy? I don’t think so. It’s crazy to think someone could pay me for that but it brings me great joy. And it brings them great joy too.

Long ago, I believed serving others was something that happened during designated volunteer hours or through programs. I lived my life as I do now, giving that time as I was able, but believing I was not doing enough for the world. In my head, things like rounding up extra carts at the grocery store, bringing in someone’s mail, or simply letting people in front of me in traffic – those things were not SERVICE. Those things were just normal parts of life.

So I would volunteer and I never felt I was doing ENOUGH. I couldn’t manage to balance work and home and volunteer. But the thing is, I was working for good. I was acting for good. And I was doing all I could when I could.

Every good act counts. Every moment of kindness changes the world for the better. Keep it up.

P.S. You would not believe how hard it is to find a place to just go do puzzles with senior citizens.

Rebecca RyanComment