As most of you know, Renee manages our home mailing program. Throughout the year she sends thousands of cards and packages to seniors just to remind them that they are thought about and cared for and to recognize special occasions like birthdays, holidays and anniversaries. She shares messages with me that we receive back that are beautiful and heartwarming and often say that her cards and packages arrived at just the right time. This got me to thinking (boy I think a lot).
As we go through life and our daily routines, we encounter people in all type of settings and situations. Many are people that we know and many are people that we do not. Most of the time when we encounter these individuals, we have no idea what is going on at that particular moment in their life. They could be dealing with a stressful situation, something tragic could have happened recently or they may be at a crossroads in their own lives. Often we may think the person is mean or rude without fully understanding their situation at that particular moment.
Our interaction with them may come at just the right time to help them through the very situation they are dealing with, without us even realizing it. Do we ever stop to think that we didn’t happen upon that situation by chance, but rather that there was a guiding hand placing us there at that very moment for a reason? How we react and act in the course of that encounter has a profound effect on not only ourselves but the person we are interacting with.
Renee and I were exchanging emails last night and were talking about the fact that our hand is guided in the program by a much higher power than us. Her mail seems to arrive at just the right time. Our deliveries seem to happen at just the right time. We put a card in a senior’s hand at just the right time. That doesn’t all happen by chance.
As you go through your day and you encounter people, take a moment before judging the situation and consider that we have no idea what those we encounter may be going through at any given moment. Show the compassion and understanding that we would want for ourselves and make it an opportunity for a positive experience for both parties. It may be that your being placed in that situation, no matter how uncomfortable, that might be just the right time for that person and you.
Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles.