I woke up and managed to polish this morning’s edition of myself entirely too early. This meant I had extra time to spread coffee-fueled, unsolicited morning greetings to a far less enthused group of peers.
This morning was different, though. Perhaps it was due to a pending early exit for me to spend time with a wonderful friend this afternoon. Or perhaps it had something to do with a particularly energetic morning soundtrack brought to me in part by Robert Randolph And The Family Band.
I came around the corner as an equally cheerful coworker came up hiding something in the palm of her hand. Her smile lit up as she said with her signature giggle, “I thought of you this weekend.” She slid something across the file cabinet toward me; a shiny new discount card to replace the expiring one she gave me last year. I was elated. It was thoughtful and the timing was absolutely perfect.
I looked at the card as I held it out and thought of such a sweet gesture dropping out of nowhere and into my day. Something stopped me.
Upon closer inspection, I realized I was smiling back at my beautiful friend Katie in her blue work vest beaming with pride for a job I know she loves.
What appeared to be an overly done spectacle of excitement over a discount card was actually a surge of spontaneous joy personified. Someone took a minute of their day to brighten even a minute of someone else’s. She had no idea whose smile she was handing me. She does now. (Let’s be honest- The entire department does now.)
These are the moments where our opportunities write themselves to show our intent. We never know what will stem from a few seconds of time and thoughtfulness. We know something will.
And just like that- My day made me.
There are countless chances in our days to do something for the person next to us. I challenge myself and anyone reading this to follow one step: Find something short, sweet, and intentional to do for another.
Refill a coffee cup.
Leave a quarter in the vending machine.
Tell someone how genuine you think they are.
What are your one minute day makers done both for you and for others?