To really appreciate this story, you need to be able to appreciate Facebook. I personally appreciate Facebook in spite of its obvious invasion of privacy. It’s where I find funny stories and videos, songs, inspirational quotes and what my friends had for breakfast. Of course you can also find groaning, moaning, and complaining and a smattering of freaking out about what some “idiot (forgive me) politician” did.
Today’s story is here to remind all of us that Everybody needs a “Comment”, or at least a “Like.” We Facebook-lovers really look forward to seeing “Notifications”. This tells us who liked what we said or commented on it. The other day when I was smiling because of someone’s comment, I saw a picture in my imagination. It was a picture of people of all nationalities, sizes, shapes, and dispositions. They were the people you and I see every day, family members, friends, co-workers, passers-by. Each one was wearing a sign around his neck that said, “Please comment.”
Every one of us needs to know that what we say and who we are is noticed and perhaps even valuable to someone. If you think something nice, please say it. Acknowledge clerks and co-workers, other shoppers and especially children. We have no idea the impact it could make on someone’s day or even their life.
There are three times in my life that I am thinking of that impacted my destiny, I believe, in the way that God intended! The first one happened on the playground in Falmouth, Kentucky when I was in the third grade. I was wearing a green dress that had one big yellow pocket and one big red pocket on the front with alternating colors of buttons. As I ran across the playground in front of my teacher, Miss Bishop, I heard her say to another teacher, “There goes a nice little girl.” I have remembered that fondly over the years. Who is to say, but what that helped guide me through my life. Most who know me will affirm that I was indeed “a good little girl.” My parents or teachers never had any trouble from me. I wanted to please others, and I wanted to do what was right and obey all rules. May all your children and grandchildren overhear that they are a “good little boy or girl.” Thank you Miss Bishop.
Another important occasion that definitely affected my destiny was the comment that I gave myself. I had a very low self esteem when I was in college. While working as a counselor at a summer camp in Hendersonville, North Carolina, I was blessed to make a friend that I highly valued. Later during the year when this friend and I were traveling with others from the camp on a promotional trip, I found out that Larry, not only wanted to be my friend, but wanted to date me. When this first sank in with me, I commented to myself, “If Larry Jordan likes me, I must be okay.” I held him in such high esteem and still do to this day that what he thinks of me matters. As it turns out over many wonderful years, he has convinced me that I am more than okay; I am the love of his love. Needless to say, I do everything I can to fulfill his belief in me and make life wonderful for him and our family as well. Thank you, Sharon for realizing that “If Larry Jordan likes you, you must be okay.” By the way, we have been happily married for over thirty years.
The third comment came from a manager when I was training to work for my second company in the marketing industry. I had been in class with two other gentlemen. Both were extremely aggressive and out-going. I was, to say the least, intimidated. This man spoke with me privately after our training was completed and said, “You are the one who will do well because you are honest and sincere.” One of the other gentlemen never started to work for that company and the other lasted only a few weeks. I am still working in this business six years later and loving it! Thank you Aaron!
Can you make a difference in someone’s life today? If you think something nice, please say it. We all need to hear it. If you can smile or wave at someone, you just might make their day by acknowledging their presence on this big planet of ours. So “comment” or “like” as many people as you can today. Start at home and start with yourself, then go out and make the world a friendlier, happier place by sharing God’s love with all of those you meet.
May all your days be happy ones!