A lot has happened to me in the recent days, weeks, and months. Fortunately I can say that they are all good things.
What I was wanting to post about today though was how kind words can be so absolutely inspiring and motivating. What I am trying to say is that if I was on the verge of suicide (which I’m not), what has been spoken to me in the past few days would have stopped that from happening.
Those have to be some powerful words to make that kind of an impact on a man. Especially me.
A very good friend of mine that I care an awful lot about told me that when she was at the corner store the other day, the clerk behind the counter was talking very badly to a ninety year old woman! A ninety year old woman. What the? That’s like talking that way to a kid. That is why the laws protecting both children and older people are the same. They are both pretty much helpless in defending themselves. I thought that was pretty low and was also wondering what this world has come to. A lot of people just don’t seem to care about others any more. It’s sad. It really is.
I was told the other day that a conversation I had with someone 15 years ago changed their life from that day on. What I said to them was the catalyst they needed to change their perspective on some things and do something about what was going on in their life at that time. Now I had no idea that what I said to them meant that much. I mean, We use to work together and I just stopped by her cubicle to shoot the breeze and ended up taking a few extra minutes to talk to her and console her. All the while never knowing that those few moments in time would end up changing her forever.
What she doesn’t know is that I was at a low time in my life as well. I have always been good at retaining knowledge and spitting it out like a walking library, but wasn’t always the best at practicing what I preach. The late Zig Ziglar said, “You can only get what you want if you help enough other people get what they want.” So, all the while she was thinking I had helped her but maybe on a deeper level I needed to help her in order to help myself and at the time didn’t even know what I was doing.
Someone special to me has been a major inspiration to me recently by continuing to tell me how great I am. I have had a very rough and challenging life, more so than most. There have been times when I wanted to just throw in the towel and give it all up. What kept me from doing that I don’t think I’ll ever know. Maybe God. The point is that I am still here, and happier than ever. This woman recently has been speaking life towards me. It feels very good to know that someone appreciates you, values you. I feel that I do have worth and can add value to this world that we live in. It means more to me than she will probably ever know. Thank you for that, from the bottom of my heart.
The moral of the story is you never know if the next time you give that random smile to a stranger, open that door at the gas station for that next person that walks up, or just say “hello, how are you doing” to that person standing next to you in the grocery store line; you could be that angel that they were needing to show up in their life and remind them that there is love in this world still. There are people who do still care for the next man. We aren’t all greedy, self-centered, egotistical, and materialistic drones walking about in a cold and lonely world of our creation.
So, what will you do today to help add value to this planet Earth that we call home? Do you treat it and the people who live in this “home” with you as your family, or do you treat them like strangers? What will you do when the opportunity arises to make a difference? Will you stand up, man up, and take the high road, or play it safe, take the easy way out, and submit? The choice is yours and I’m curious to hear what your choice is and how you are a part of the solution as opposed to the problem.
Until Next Time,
Bryan Keith Tresenriter