At times, we find inspiration in the strangest places. A little bird tending to her young in a nest that you can see in the treetops. A group of ducklings being led to shelter by a mother duck. Those little bits of humanity that, oddly enough, you also see in animals, and in some cases, even more than you would in your fellow man or woman.
Lest we not forget, there are still examples of people who do kind things for each other. You might see the occasional BuzzFeed article on the “Top 15 stories That Restore Your Faith in Humanity” or perhaps a Cracked article on “Why People Are Awesome” but it’s so easy to just look around you and really see the world. The person who might pay the bill for a couple who is on an anniversary dinner can be just as good of a person to this world as somebody who holds the door open for you when it’s pouring rain outside and you’re just trying to stay dry. Even somebody who takes an extra 15 minutes of their time to try to explain a complex problem to you is incredibly important to this world.
Do we live in a culture where these incredible feats of generosity are minimized, and only large shows of altruism are rewarded? Maybe. Do we have to let it remain that way? I don’t think so.
I started this note speaking about how things can seem so bleak and unfriendly, where the blacks and grays of the business attire and cars make the world less colorful. But where is color without a lack thereof? There is no light without darkness. It is through those moments in which you see how monotonous and awful this world can be that you can see just how incredible people can be as well.
Take a moment to think about the people on a daily basis that you see who give their time for you. Think about the faceless saviors that make your day a little easier, a little better. Those nameless people who might deliver your mail, give you the package you've been waiting for, who clean your office at night so that when you come to work the next day it’s pristine. Think about people you've never met who you listen to on the radio and consider somewhat of a friend to you, or a podcaster who you've watched grow from the beginning of the show to where they are today.
Isn't it crazy?
Now realize that you are one of those people too.
You are somebody who can make differences in people’s lives just as much as they do in yours.
Some might say that it’s hard to change things with one little action by one person. But if you think about it, it’s not just one person. Every single person has inside them a capacity to change. The character of a person isn't defined by what they experience when things are going well, but when they aren't. Sometimes not everybody is strong enough to get through things on their own.
Sometimes people only need a second chance.
A guardian angel.
A faceless hero.
A nameless inspiration.
A life can change in a second. It only takes an instant to make a difference.
What will you be?