So we've all heard about the tragedy that occurred in Connecticut on Friday.
We've all cried, grieved for the innocent angels that were taken from us that day and pondered how this world got so scary.
There's no way to wrap our heads around it.
I've found myself lying in bed every night since Friday, staring up at the ceiling in fear.
A million thoughts run through my head about the poor innocent children and teachers and thinking about how life really is too short.
I wanted to write a post last week about "Paying it Forward" but didn't really know how to go about it.
Today it seems fitting.
Last Sunday Mike and I were out to breakfast at our local diner, sitting at the counter eating our eggs when a man came running in.
Man - "Excuse me, does anyone in here own a black Acura?"
Mike and I - "Ummm we do, why??"
Man - "Someone just backed up into your car and took off....I chased them through the parking lot yelling for them to stop but they didn't. I was able to see the license plate number though so if you have a pen I can give it to you."
Luckily there was no evident damage to our car but this instance taught me a valuable lesson.
There are a lot of bad people out there in this world....but if we all take time to do something nice for others we can make a change.
The woman that backed up into our car and drove away....she was a bad seed...no doubt about it....but the man that ran into the diner? He didn't know who we were...it wasn't HIS car that got hit...but he ran across the parking lot to make sure he helped someone who needed him and we were very thankful.
A couple days later I was meeting my client at a very populated medical office park.
A man next to me got out of his car with a walker and an oxygen tank.
As he stepped out he yelled to me "Excuse me, miss...do you know where the kidney doctor is? I come here twice a year and I always manage to get lost."
Normally I might have said "No sorry" because I DON'T know where the kidney doctor is.
Instead I asked "I'm not sure...do you have an address? I'm sure we can figure it out!"
And sure enough we did....and he was very thankful.
Challenge yourself this week and do something nice for someone.
Pick up the coffee bill for the person behind you at Starbucks.
Drop a couple extra dollars into the red Salvation Army bucket as you walk into the mall.
Help an elderly person with directions or with bringing their groceries to the car.
Smile at someone who looks like they might be having a bad day.
These things may seem very small but by doing them you can make a difference and make this scary world we live in a much better place.