Last week I began a piece called “How To Make Anyone’s Day Better.” This is the continuation…
I live in a nice residential area with an elementary school right down the street. We’ve lived here for two years and nearly every day–every school day–for two years, I’ve seen the same crossing guard on the corner by my home. By the time kids are walking to school, the road is very busy. But the crossing guard waves at every single car that passes by. His lips move as well. I’m not sure what he says.
I look forward to seeing him every single day
When I see him, I am relieved. Is this so strange? I try to understand the reasons. Here’s what I’ve come up with:
- He is always the same
- He is always sincere
- He produces a result (in me at least) that is always the same
Three hours later, without fail I’m in the middle of some disaster at work. But my day is better between the time he waves and smiles at me and the time the day’s first catastrophe strikes.
He has been doing this for a long time
After doing some asking, I learned that this crossing guard has been on that corner for 20-30 years, depending on who you ask. It’s a small thing, but a real thing. If you repeat a small, good thing every day for decades, it is no longer a small, good thing.
You can never overestimate the power of positive actions that may seem insignificant. Figure out how to do a few yourself. It’s not that hard to wave and smile.
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