One Person

The difference one person can make is amazing to think about. Take today for example: My mother in law isn't doing well at all. Upon hearing this news from my husband, who's tone of voice said more than anything, I was very upset. But then, I look over and see a smiling baby face looking back at me. Had it not been for that little sweet boy I am sure I would have gone through an entire box of Kleenex. 

I made a trip to the store after my day was over and there I was finally treated like a pregnant lady, I've been noticing this more and more. People hold doors, let you go first, get out of your way and apologize when they are in your personal space at the check out (a far cry from last week when a woman was breathing down my neck). The woman who rang up my items even made small talk about my belly and told me that I was, "So small." Needless to say, I love her. 

But all of this got me thinking, if a smiling baby or a compliment from a stranger can change the outlook of a situation or how you feel about yourself, why don't we do this more often. I think we should treat everyone every day as though they are the pregnant lady who needs a little more attention. Sure, a stranger might think it's weird if you compliment them. But, I bet most of the time that person really might need to hear those encouraging words. 

As someone who spends most of the day with an infant and then comes home to an empty house I have learned how important interaction with others is. So, when someone asks me if the soda I have just picked up is good I take advantage of every second of the meaningless conversation. People like to talk and be talked to. If we all seemed a little more approachable (I am guilty of a "don't mess with me face") and were willing to go out of our way to treat everyone as though they were in need of a compliment then maybe we would have better days more often. 

My wish for everyone who reads this is to take the time to do a couple things. Number one, don't beat yourself up, you are beautiful to someone and you should see yourself accordingly. Second, if you are unable to achieve number one then do something about it. In my case this included buying new face wash to try and get my face manageable with all of these pregnancy hormones. I also plan to have my hair done on Monday. Life is too short to be unhappy with yourself. Last, pass along that feeling of worth. Compliment a stranger, smile at the baby who is peaking around the corner at you or simply hold open a door. 

It's the little things that can help make your day and everyone around you feel like today is just right. 


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