I went to the gym today wearing a shirt that says "Mood Subject to Change Without Notice" and the best I could hope for was a sudden change in a positive direction. I wasn't in a good place.
My time on the treadmill was ok and I enjoyed watching a home improvement show while I stomped along to a 30 minute workout. I suppose things were looking a little better by the time I finished but I still wasn't exactly cheerful and it was still appropriate to be wearing the shirt. It's only fair that people are warned.
As I left the gym, a woman working at the front desk changed everything for me. She acknowledged that I was leaving and told me to have a great day. Her words lifted my mood instantly and I told her to have a great day too. It was all so simple but it really mattered to me.
Perhaps I needed someone to notice my presence. Her words had nothing in particular to do with me but still they showed that I was at least visible and worthy of a small kindness. I am very grateful that she said them.
After leaving the gym, I ran into someone whom it is always nice to see and I had some pleasant interactions on a quick trip into the mall. Everything that has happened since being at the gym has been somewhat affected by those nice words.
We can do little things, bad or good, that make a difference. We may never know how much of a difference we make. But it seems to me worthwhile to keep on trying and flinging some good stuff out there. Maybe someone will catch a little something and pass it on.