Most times we find our days starting out in the most seemingly normal ways. We go through the motions of our morning rituals of preparing ourselves for the outside world and for whatever reason, little annoying things start happening that seem to continue to build upon each other. From making a wrong turn, having a dropped cell phone call, to having misplaced something that you thought you knew exactly where it was. By the time lunch rolls around, you’re beginning to wonder if you should go into hiding for the rest of the day. Whenever I’m around someone who’s having one of these days, I notice that the anxiety of that place and time is almost felt even in the air. I guess that’s all we can do is to be quietly reassuring and move on with what needs to be done.
This past week I was surrounded by several people who were in that high anxiety mode of things not going as planned in their lives. I think in whatever small positive ways, I did help to disperse some of their frustrations. One in particular came right out and said to me, “I can’t believe how calm and collected you manage be in the midst of someone else’s anger and frustration.” I simply told her that it indeed doesn’t help a situation by adding to the boil.
I was having a bit of a quirky day earlier this week, but when I was walking from the bank, I found a set of keys on the ground. I thought to myself, “I’m sure whomever’s keys these are, they must now be stressed to the max.” After considering who they could possibly belong to, I dropped them off with someone in that block who I’m sure found the owner of the keys. There was a marking on one of the keys that gave a great clue as to who they belonged to, and likely they were in the owners hands before the sun set.
When I got back to the office, it seemed as though my day turned into one of the most delightful days. This isn’t the first time this has happened over the years. I’m convinced that if we all would attempt to do a good deed in the midst of a raging bad day, the whole mood of the day changes for the better.
We may have to reach out a little more than we normally do, but the end results will reaffirm that a better day, is a a good deed day.