My favorite day of the week.
A brand new start to the week ahead full of opportunity!
Seriously, it is what you make of it—and if you want it to be a great day, or great week, gosh darn it, it’s going to be a great week.
Lately, my weekdays have been blurring with my weekends any how and there is no rhyme or reason to it being a Monday, a Wednesday, a Saturday or Sunday it seems.
This past weekend, I put on my journalism hat (one of my many passions that I still make time to do) to work and report on the Fittest Games in Austin—an annual competition hosted by CrossFit Central. The two-day event was a blast, and similar to my travels to Miami for Wodapalooza a couple weeks ago, more than anything, these events are great reunions and times to build community with some pretty cool people from all over.
One of these cool people?: Someone I used to know back in college—someone I hadn’t seen in probably five or so years, who just so happened to be volunteering at the event.
A tall, lanky African-American man in his probably late 40’s with a kind smile came up to me to shake hands and say ‘hello’—and I did a double take.
“How are you? Do you remember me?” the gentleman said.
Scratching my head for a moment, I had to do some thinking….wait a second…yes.
Odd as it may sound, this tall, lanky man was a familiar face that I used to see during college every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 5 a.m. at the First United Methodist church in Downtown Austin.
I used to volunteer at this homeless breakfast with a mission called “Feed My People”—and every Tuesday and Thursday morning this man was there to receive a plate of eggs and bacon, and more than anything be loved on by a whole team of people.
“Uhh…hi! Yes! Of course I remember you, how are you? How have you been? What are you up to now?” came out of my mouth.
The gentleman proceeded to tell me he’d been very well and he just so happened to come out to the event to serve himself as a volunteer. He went to church with a couple of my friends who were hosting the big competition, and they had invited him to come help out and see what CrossFit was all about.
“How have YOU been? I remember you used to come to the breakfast downtown, and always were so kind. You would say, ‘Good morning sunshine,’ and serve us all. Thank you for that. Really, thank you. It is so good to see you,” the gentleman said.
Throughout the remainder of the weekend, my old homeless friend volunteered, served and worked the event as if ‘working for the Lord, not men.’
And it was SUCH a reminder to me to: Be kind…EVERYONE you meet is fighting a battle.
While I still don’t know my homeless friend’s entire story—what he had gone through during the time I knew him back at the homeless breakfast…or really how far he had come…it was a reminder to me that you never know exactly how you can touch or impact a life with the simplicity of even a kind smile.
Seriously, you should try it.
Be kind, genuinely kind, to those who come in and out of your life today—from the grocery store clerk you typically see on Monday mornings, to your office receptionist you don’t know all too well, to the mailman or your apartment office manager, and beyond.
How will YOU impact someone’s life today?
Check out this new song by Third Day—it’s got me fired up on my playlist lately!