Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Smile Project

The world seems different from when I was younger. I feel like people are getting more and more self-involved, entitled, and ungrateful. What happened to holding the door for the person walking out behind you so it doesn't slam in their face? Or saying "Thank You" when someone holds the door open for you? Or what about giving that friendly wave when someone lets you into traffic?

I still do these things, but it's hard to want to do these things anymore. I feel like no one cares. But maybe that's everybody's mindset? If it is, then nothing will change. So I can only do my part to make the world a happier place.

I'm going to start putting in more of an effort to be a better person and to spread the love. I'm calling it my "Smile Project". I want to do something nice for someone every day, whether it be something big or something small. I want to make someone smile. And I won't let that one grumpy curmudgeon get me down. (Do people still use the word "curmudgeon"?) I started off my project by buying the person behind me their coffee at the Starbuck's drive-thru. It felt great. Obviously I can't afford to do something like this every day, but kind gestures don't always have to have a price tag. A compliment here, a smile there. A little goes a long way.

I want Willow to grow up to be a good person. I want her to want to be a good person. As her mother, it's my responsibility to guide her in the right direction. I want to set a good example.

What are some of the things you do to put a smile on someone's face? What are some of the things people have done for you?


Leslie said...

I agree! I'm not sure if it's me getting older or the world getting less friendly, but it absolutely feels to me "like people are getting more and more self-involved, entitled, and ungrateful."

Dave is totally my hero when it comes to being the better person and spreading the love. When people are rude to me or don't return a hello (especially a cheerful one from one of my sweet little not-yet-jaded girls), I give them not-so-nice nicknames (but only in my head). Dave refuses to stop being kind. He perseveres in the face of a lot of blatant discourtesy in our town and I admire him for it. He is definitely the better person in our marriage. Maybe the good will rub off on me?

Jennifer Dawn said...

I'm glad I'm not alone in feeling this way! It's really tough to rise above the negative sometimes. My husband is my rock as well - he doesn't let the bad stuff get to him. I envy that, but in the end I should really learn from it. Just taking it day by day. :)