I know, I know, I said I would post everyday on my new experiences… One of the groovy highlights of MS is it’s unpredictability, and I have been struggling the last week with fatigue and nausea. Pity party for one, over here… but I have been trying to keep up my resolve to try something new everyday!!
There are very few things about my old Kia Sportage that I miss. It was the first car I bought with my own money, but it had problems from day one and spent more time in the shop than in my driveway. I finally got rid of it when it threw a rod and punched a hole through my oil pan. I donated it to charity, thinking it would be sold for scrap, but low and behold I actually saw it on the road a few days ago (or at least its bumper). How did I recognize it? Well on the bumper was a City Segway Tours bumper sticker and my favorite bumper sticker ever – a simple request: Just Be Nice.
I miss that bumper sticker. My car now is geeked out with my NASA and Think Geek’s Timmy bumper stickers. But it was the Just Be Nice sticker (and my good buddy Wil Wheaton’s personal motto) that inspired this New Thing.
I’m not (I’m pretty sure) a mean person, but I know from time to time I can be a little distant or formal with folks, especially strangers. I thought I’d try and change that. So for the past few days, every person that I interacted with, I made a conscious effort to extend a compliment to them. Strangers on the elevator were complimented on their shoes or purse; co-workers got a sincere thank for their hard work or some positive feedback passed along from customers; tenants in my building were praised on their dogs. And something wonderful happened. That person seemed, if for only a brief second, connected with me and I could feel the pride and happiness coming off of them. It made me feel happy to have brought a little bit of sunshine in their life.
Try it yourself sometime. I promise it will make the day a happy one.