Rock, Paper, Smile

My soul has been filled with rocks that have weighed me down for the past few days—rocks made up of depression, exhaustion, ingratitude, and a plethora of other negative feelings. Needless to say, it was getting to be a burden to just get through each day. Then this morning, those rocks began to roll away.

I was typing at my computer when I heard someone come up behind me and smack something down on my desk. I turned around and saw my editor walking away—having left a shiny small package of cards on my desk.

At first I thought they were baseball cards, but on closer inspection, I saw that they were “Kitten Bowl” cards! (What makes the exchange even funnier is my editor’s dislike of cats and my love of them—I have two cats at home.)

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That tiny package of paper cards made me smile and feel a sense of gratitude. I sat there and looked through the cards, at the pictures on each one, and felt myself calming down after a hectic few weeks. I have the cards on display on my desk so I can look at them whenever I feel stressed out.

It was a simple gesture, a small act, but sometimes that is all it takes to make someone smile and feel grateful again.

Have you ever experienced something similar? Please share.

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5 thoughts on “Rock, Paper, Smile”

  1. A few kind or flattering words, or the smallest act of kindness, like someone holding a door for me or smiling, can make my whole outlook on life do a 180.

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    1. That is so true. It happens often with my friends. I’ll be in my own headspace when a good friend or family member will do something or say something kind that brings me right out and back into the world with a bright and happy outlook that makes me want to reach out also. I guess it’s true about “paying it forward.”

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  2. It always seems to be that the its the simplest things, which are often ignored, but have a wonderful habit of showing up at just the right moment when you need them most.

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  3. With this crazy hectic world we live in, where no one takes time to smell the flowers, I really appreciate it when someone takes time to give me a call.

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