“Don’t judge people. You never know the battle they are fighting.” – Unknown
Life can (and often does) change in a second.
I recently had a health scare that reminded me – as much as we would like to think so – – we are not bullet proof. The days between the initial doctor’s visits – the surgery and getting the all-clear phone call reminded me of an important life lesson.
It’s funny how things in life can seem SO important and then can suddenly not be important at all when things come to a grinding halt.
I began to focus on the little gifts – the gestures of kindness we show to those we love the most and the subtle differences we can make in people’s lives with a smile, a handwritten note, a personal touch.
During Pope Francis’ recent trip to the United States he delivered a mass on this topic, as I listened, it connected me back to that life lesson I am trying to practice as I move past this recent reminder to slow down and breathe.
“… little gestures are those we learn at home, in the family. They get lost amid all the other things we do, yet they do make each day different. They are the quiet things done by mothers and grandmothers, by fathers and grandfathers, by children. They are little signs of tenderness, affection and compassion. Like the warm supper we look forward to at night, the early lunch awaiting someone who gets up early to go to work. What kind of world do we want to leave our children?”
As we approach the time for New Year’s resolutions and family reunions at holiday get-togethers, don’t wait for a scare to focus on the things that really matter. Explore what is within yourself, be grateful for what you have and focus on the little gestures.
What are your little gestures – can you do more of them?