I've been having a pretty crappy week (thankfully, this time it has nothing to do with the writing process) but unfortunately, it's nothing that I can really discuss here. However, there was some light in my day yesterday and that is what I'd like to share with you.
I was taking my three lovely daughters (ages 12, 10 and 6) to my neighborhood pool when I was stopped by a woman I've never spoken to but have seen there often over the last three years. She took my hand and said, "I know we don't know each other, but I just wanted you to know that you have beautiful children. I've never seen kinder, sweeter girls than yours. Any parent would be proud to have children like that."
Thank goodness I had sunglasses on or else I would have looked like a complete idiot when my eyes welled-up with tears. I thanked her for her kind remarks and how they were perfect timing for my miserable day.
I don't know why she decided to tell me that at that exact moment in time. Maybe it was good karma - cause heaven knows I've got to have some of that coming to me. Whatever the reason, someone was smiling on me and for the rest of the afternoon all I heard were those kind words and amazingly all my burdens - the things weighing me down and making me so miserable - were light.
I've always known it, but this experience confirmed to me how very important it is to, not only show kindness to others, but more importantly, to act upon those moments of inspiration.
So, I'd like to give you all a challenge today and possibly for the rest of the week.
I want you to pay it forward.
I'm not talking about the "help the old lady cross the street" kind of thing (though that's really nice and something we should be doing anyway), what I'd like is for you to seek out a blog of a new author/blogger, leave them a nice comment and follow their blog. You have no idea how much it meant to me to gain followers - I'm a seriously shy person (it's true! honest!) - and it might mean the world to someone else struggling out in the blogging world. But more importantly, do it because you want THEM to feel good about what they're doing, not because it brings you something in exchange (though, I'm sure that the law of reciprocation will eventually apply....and possibly some good karma too).
It's truly such a simple thing. And you might make someone's day.
I hope you'll report back and share your experience. I know I will! :)