How can something so small have such a huge impact?
It was just an ordinary day. The work day ended, and I settled into my car for my routine, 45-minute commute home. I was about 15 minutes into my drive when I saw the corner of a piece of paper flapping on my windshield, nudged between the glass and wipers.
It clung on for dear life as I drove 75 MPH on the interstate. I couldn’t help but think, “Great, another advertisement.”
As I continued my drive, my curiosity got the best of me. I got to thinking, maybe this note is meant just for me. And maybe, just maybe, it isn’t an advertisement.
What are the odds? Not likely. So I decided, if this note makes it through my travels, it was placed there for me. (What can I say, I’m a sucker for God winks.)
So, I watched helplessly, now hoping this message wouldn’t be swept away by high winds, leaving me forever wondering what it had to say. I pulled into my driveway and, surprisingly, the note survived the trip! Ecstatic, I threw my car door open and pulled the note toward my eyes. It read:
“You’re beautiful. (pass it on)”.
This note, though small and seemingly insignificant, completely changed my day. This day, in particular, hadn’t been good for me. I wasn’t feeling confident about my self-appearance at all and was even struggling with who I was, pressuring myself to be more. To be better.
It was just one of those days.
This note was in the right place, at the right time, and it changed me. The moral of this story is this: Small acts of kindness can change someone. Whether it be for a few minutes, a day, or even a lifetime. The impact we can have on those around us is incredible. And the amazing thing is, it doesn’t take much.
I hung that note on my mirror in the bathroom, and it’s still there today. I now have the duty of passing the incredible message of this powerful note on to others. So, listen very closely to me…you are beautiful. You are perfect just the way you are. Don’t pressure yourself to be someone you’re not. Be who God made you to be, and embrace your uniqueness! You are loved and accepted beyond measure, and there are people in the world who recognize just how amazing you are.
Now, my challenge for you is this: Go tell someone how much they mean to you, and just how beautiful they are.
Are there little (or big) ways you show people you care? I’d love to hear your thoughts…please share in the comments!