A Holiday Thought (for the whole year)

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I quite often get admonished for talking to people when I’m out.  People who care about me worry, this, because, when I go out for a walk I say hello or something kind to most people.  I don’t actually do this to upset the people who care about me, I do so because I understand something.  And, I know there is something I should do.

Not everyone gets the same advantages and disadvantages in life. Trust me, everyone does get tested, it’s just hard to see how all tests work. When I go out and walk the streets, I never know how the other person I cross paths with feels. I never know who has had a good day or a bad day. It is not possible to know the wealthy person who is despondent or feeling abandoned. Nor is it easy to know the penniless person on skid row who is happy, because they are there with all their friends.

 

When I go out and walk down the street, and I say a kind word, for some people that would be just, “So what?” And yet and yet, for some other people, it may be the best or kindest thing they hear all day or all week.

 

If you knew you would make a difference, a dramatic positive difference, in someone’s day just by being kind and saying hi, would you do it? If you knew you would make that difference, you just did not know who you would meet who needed it, what would you do?

Thank you to Unsplash and Bryan Minear for the use of  this photo.

Author: Mike Balof

Mike Balof, MEd, develops intensive, interactive courses which have helped contract manufacturing and nonprofit institutions. He taught youth and adults seeking employment to better represent themselves, leading many of them to successful careers. Mike taught in corporate training, teaching adults and high school students to build computers, work as a team, and to identify and fix problems using a myriad of tools from Total Quality Management(TQM), to 8-D, to Six Sigma. Mike now turns his talents to helping fellow veterans reach their objectives and desires through continuous performance improvement. As we start to live in a post knowledge world, where a doubling of common knowledge shrinks from months to days, our essential skills will include how we interact with those around us. Mike believes there is hope for growth and opportunity for everyone. Everyone has the opportunity to retool and find the career they want. Mike strives to present students of all ages, abilities, and means with a full plate of options for learning.

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