What Does It Takeby Byron Pulsifer, © 2011
We all could say that we have bad days to endure as we go through life, but what does it take to have a really good day?
Some would suggest that a day would be great if everything they did turned out well, or they got exactly what they needed. On the other hand, have you ever thought that what you may give someone else may be the best day you ever had especially when you put someone else's well-being or happiness first on your list?
There is special warmth available to you and that warmth can come from a helping hand, doing a small favour for a total stranger, or even a smile.
I recall a day recently that I had to attend the hospital for special tests because I wasn't feeling well and my doctor sent me to a specialist to try and determine the cause of my aliment. As I drove to the hospital, I admittedly was feeling gloomy and certainly wasn't on top of my game. As I approached the hospital, I began my search for a parking spot, a spot that was hard to come by what with everyone else trying to do the same thing. I finally found a spot not too far from the entrance to the hospital.
As I got out and brought my change out of my pocket, I noticed a man looking somewhat upset standing in front of a parking meter two cars away. He seemed to be searching his pockets for what I supposed was change for the meter.
Although, I really didn't feel that great, I thought that I should at least go over to him and find out if I could help him. As I approached him, he turned to look at me with distress. I asked him if he had a problem I could help with, and he said, without hesitation, that he had no change at all because he left in his house only thinking about visiting his ill wife.
I reached into my pocket and pulled out two loonies and gave it to him without saying a word. And, without waiting for a response, I turned on my heel and said to him as I was walking away, "Have a good day".
The funny thing was that I felt a lot brighter, a small smile came to my face, and I seemed to walk just a little quicker. I was I walking away when he called out "thank you so much". You know, I didn't even expect him to say anything; he didn't have to say a word to me. It was simply enough to know that I had made a simple gesture to help someone else who needed a little hand, a little help; that's all it took to bring a smile to my face as I went on towards completing my own business.
You know, it doesn't take much to help someone else - it doesn't have to be a big deal - a simple gesture with a big payoff is what you get in return.
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