Last Friday, I was on my way home from the gym when something very simple, yet out of the ordinary, caught my eye. It was my special time of the month, and so my mind was in a darker place than usual (meaning everything and everyone angered me and only chocolate could fix it). But on my way home that morning, I passed through a crosswalk. I pass through this crosswalk all the time in order to get into my neighborhood. Depending on the time of day, a crossing guard will be there directing traffic and helping kids cross the street. On this day, there was a new crossing guard on duty. He stood on the corner with his coffee, waving at everyone driving by, including me.
This made me so happy. To see someone being so kind to strangers put a huge smile on my face. And it was so simple. There was no grand gesture. This man was simply waving. He wasn't changing peoples' lives but...he was changing their lives. Someone probably got up just as I had: grumpy, tired, annoyed, and stomped off to their car to go to work. Then, on their way to work they experienced this simple act of kindness and smiled. Their day was changed. In two seconds their day became better; their quality of life improved.
Waving to strangers may not seem like such an important thing, but it is. Everyone always says, "it's the little things that count." If you're unwilling to perform simple acts of kindness, how will you ever show that kindness on a greater scale? People who understand the value in a wave, a smile, a pat on the back, are the most wholesome individuals in this world. These small, insignificant acts take two seconds our of your day and change someone else's entirely. Don't pass up the opportunity to make someone smile. The world needs more of these kind acts.