The other day a friend of mine told me something that really surprised me. She said that she woke up recently and thought, “I just can’t do this today.” This being getting up, going to work, dealing with whatever the day brought her way.
I too have felt this way on occasion, but I was surprised she ever did. This is a person who’s one of the most competent, confident people I know. She appears to have it all together at all times.
I guess no matter how “together” we look, that’s the struggle we all share — simply to get up in the morning and keep putting one foot in front of the other to make our way through the day — through life.
Why am I telling you this, you ask?
Well, I’ve been lamenting lately that my good deeds just haven’t been good enough. They seem too small, too insignificant to really make any kind of difference.
But when I thought about what my friend told me I realized life is made up of little things, small steps — like getting out of bed in the morning — that all add up to create the big picture.
So today, I decided to try something small and completely random. I took a black marker and wrote “Best wishes for a wonderful day!” on 10 Post-it notes. Oh, and signed each one with a happy face.
Then, I took a half-hour walk and randomly stuck the notes on the windshields of various cars.
(It wasn’t entirely random, however, because as I approached the first car — a high-end SUV — I suddenly panicked about possibly setting off the car alarm. So, instead, I picked the most beat up, rusted jalopies I could find.)
This wasn’t as easy as it sounds.
I had to make sure that:
a) There was no one sitting in the car
b) No one was watching (they might misunderstand, call the cops and next thing you know, I get a ticket for littering … or worse)
c) The Post-it actually stuck and didn’t blow away in a high wind (again with the littering)
To mix things up, I also stuck one on a bench at a nearby apartment building where I know the senior residents like to sit. I affixed the last one to the inside of a neighbour’s metal mailbox.
So officially 10 small steps ….
To each and every one of you:
Best wishes for a wonderful day! 🙂
P.S. I’m going out of town for the week and will definitely be good-deeding each day but posts may be erratic, so please bear with me. In the meantime, for any Archie fans out there, this contest-winning video from San Antonio, Texas, is priceless. Enjoy!