I ran into her unexpectedly. It had been months since I had seen her. I stopped, looked her in the eyes and simply asked how she was doing. Returning the look, the first words out of her mouth were, “thank you so much for asking, and meaning it, you will never know what that means to me”.
A simple question can speak volumes to how you care about another.
We never know what is going on in someones life. We have no idea if they are struggling with a:
Caring for a loved one
Lack of purpose
We often don’t see the bag on their back filled with all kinds of heavy rocks that are weighing them down. Rocks of disappointment, discouragement, hurt, and more. We do know that a simple act of kindness, as simple as looking them in the eye and caring – can make all the difference in their world.
It lightens the load.
Knowing that someone cares, really cares, can make all the difference to some one who is hurting. They no longer feel that they are carrying everything alone, especially when it feels like they cannot take another step.
Are you being intentional to speak to those around you? To address them by their name and to ask how they are?
It’s what Every Day Leaders do. It means physically showing you care. It is what makes a difference to those around us.