Often we might do something good (or bad) and don’t really think of the ramifications of the act. But trust me, everything you do affects someone else in some way; always adds up to the bigger picture. Let me explain:
Alright, so you make a comment about someone’s appearance. No harm intended, right? Just a joke. Granted, the person on the receiving might take it as a joke and then you’ve got nothing to worry about, your friendship might even be strengthened. If they take it in a bad way (you say, ‘oh you’re looking a bit tired today!’) and maybe they think ‘am I looking jaded, why is that? I don’t feel tired, so I just look bad?’ Okay, that might be an extreme case but you see what I mean. Anything has consequences. But I’m not here to talk about jokes, I’m trying to look at the bigger picture.
The other day I was in Tesco’s on the self-service machines, and the machine gave me 10p too much change by mistake. So I told the store assistant and they kind of seemed surprised, but I gave it back to them. You might be saying:
“It’s 10p, who cares?”
It’s true. Tesco can afford to lose many 10 pence pieces and not even break a sweat, but that’s not what I’m thinking about. What’s important is the symbol. You see I could have taken that 10p and no-one would have known about it, but I’m not gonna do that. I’m going to show those workers that there’s someone out there who won’t steal. See what I mean yet? If by doing that, I’ve proven to them that the world is a slightly better and more virtuous place, then it’s more than worth it.
You still might be thinking ‘big deal’, but every day is filled with these opportunities, chances for us to be the best we can be, and inspire others to do the same. Every time I see a charity volunteer in the street with a bucket (or something) I try to give a little something; it’s great that it helps the charity but I also want the secondary effect of the worker to feel good about things, like their faith has been rewarded.
I’m not saying that what I did deserves credit, far from it. It was an easy thing to do, and i hope that most people would give that 10p back. I just wanted to get across how important these seemingly small moments can be – always think of the example that you’re setting for others, with everything you do. There’s no way we’ll get it right all of the time but the world will be better for it if we try 🙂
“It’s the choices that make us who we are, and we can always choose to do what’s right.”