What you view as a small act of love can impact someone forever
It’s flooring to think about how everything we do can impact another person. While someone might be selfish in a relationship, someone else might come from nowhere with an act that saves an entire day, friendship, and even reverberates for the rest of their life.
The last week before any major event, in this case, a wedding is stressful. There is usually a lot to do, last-minute decisions, and clashes of personality. For me, I worked six days straight before my wedding. I was stressed, on overdrive, and mentally exhausted by the time the day came around. I was also frustrated with my maid of honor- who only seemed concerned about her looks and her toast instead of being a support.
A friend, who wasn’t invited to my wedding (due to COVID restrictions), offered to show up and do my makeup the morning of the wedding. She offered because she wanted me to look my best and because she enjoys doing makeup- and always looks top notch. She wanted to take something she knew would be stressful off of my shoulders for the day.
That small act made a huge difference in my day: it made me feel calm and pampered before walking down the aisle. It has a forever effect because I can always look back on the photos from that day and notice her handiwork. The conversation beforehand also made me feel supported and loved. It made a huge difference to me.
It also leads me to a very important question. What have I done for others that had this type of effect? That they could look back on and know that they had been impacted by me. I have a few talents that I love to use to help others out, but I sometimes wonder if I make enough of a difference. When was the last time that I impacted someone else for the long term without any personal benefit to myself?
It’s amazing what a small act of love can do. We might consider it as nothing. I love to help other people clear their clutter and clean out their closet. I’m no KonMari but it gives me a small thrill of joy every time I see a clean surface and know that it’s there because I created it. I enjoy the time I spend with those who I help to declutter. However, for someone else, this might translate to something life-changing as they can finally breathe without the clutter.
Take-away: what actions can you do today to help someone that you love? What do those around you need? Is it in your ability to help them? Don’t think about it as personal gain, just concentrate on what you can give. It’ll make a bigger difference than you know.