Very rarely do we see the little things in life. People are so bent on noticing the obvious things that happen,and forget to note the small things.
You walk past a beggar,probably had no food in the past few days, they rarely ask for much say like a mere 20 shillings, and they rarely complain for the little you give is much more to them. That 10 shilling you consider useless in this economy is worth millions to them. Sure,they might use it to buy drugs, but what if they don’t? That’s not hard for you to part with 10 shillings, right? But how many times do you stop to help? How many times have you actually stopped to say hi, maybe give him a friendly rub on the head, give her a smile, told the old man or woman that everything will be okay? I can say I have.
Our current generation is a greedy lot, don’t blame it on us though,we just pick what we’ve been taught by society as we grow up. They say,”Humanity is dead.” I say,”Humanity is DYING.” I still have hope in us. Of course a lot of the things we currently do aren’t really good, but there’s a few percentage that do what they deem right. These days,being good to people is such a rare task to the extent that lending someone a hand always results in them asking,”What’s in it for you?” We’ve turned everything into mutual materialistic benefit, such that anything we do MUST be repaid, be it now or later.
When was the last time you smiled at a stranger(not in a creepy way) in a bus, when was the last time you helped a kid cross the road, when was the last time you held the door open for someone behind you. It’s these little acts that matter. You don’t have to tip of a waiter a huge sum of money to make them happy, ask him how his day is as he serves you, compliment a stranger’s scarf/hair/shoes etc and watch them light up, ask if you can help; whether its a tourist that looks lost, an older person that dropped something or your coworker that’s running late on a big deadline – just ask if you can help.
It’s surprising how a day can turn around when kindness touches it. We strive for happy lives but we live in gloomy environments. We strive for a better life but we do nothing to better it. We say we care but we don’t show it. We say “I love you.” But when was the last time you got off what you were doing to listen to how her day was,when was the last time you got off your phone with the girls and actually spent time with him, when was the last you actually sat down with her and decided on a movie to watch together.
We say a lot, but its the gestures that matter. You dont have to take her out to a fancy hotel to show you care; you could head to the kitchen with her, let her teach you how to cook her favourite recipes, surprise her one day and cook it for her. You dont have to flaunt him on every social media platform to show him that you care. Learn to show him love, as much love as you show your make-up kit/your girlfriends/your instagram handle.the little things in life matter, much much more than the basic acts. Learn to integrate them in your everyday activities.
Learn to live in the moment, enjoy the breeze, feel the sun’s warmth, feel the joy of making someome smile. Cause you’ll never know if that smile was all they needed to make it through the day.