In a day and age when we all have more things on our to-do list than we can possibly get to in a day, it can be easy to be completed focused on our to-do list and miss the things that are not part of the “agenda” for the day. Lately, I have been struck by the profound impact we can have by stopping to check in with people. I can’t tell you how many times in the last month I have had people say, “Thanks so much for asking!” Sometimes it’s in person – sometimes it’s a text or a voice message – doesn’t make any difference what form the check in takes, people simply appreciate it when another person remembers something about them and asks about it.
It’s also taking to time to notice the little things. A haircut, new glasses, a cool shirt, a smile that lights up the room, twinkly eyes, great question asking ability, an easy presence … those are just a few of the things that I have noticed about people lately. I make a point to share what I notice with them and I watch people light up.
I think that anything we can do to lift another person or brighten their day makes our day a little better! It truly doesn’t take much to make a difference!