A guy at the gym was coming in from the outside. At the same time I was leaving. This guy I did not know decided to hold the door open for me to exit before he entered. On my way out, as I was thanking him, he said in a genuine tone “have a great day.” This stood out to me because I am a believer in holding doors for others (why don’t more of us do this?). More importantly, to me, it’s a micro expression of the work we all need to put in to lift each other up, to encourage each other. There is plenty of dog sh** behavior in the world. There are plenty of examples of strangers being treated as “less than.” This weekend I would like to challenge you to find one action you can do to lift up a stranger. As simple as holding a door, as picking up their coffee tab. Or, like one lady I observed a few weeks ago, giving a kid a dollar who is coming up short at the cash register. We can never lead from anger and misunderstanding, only from kindness and generosity. Let’s take a moment to demonstrate how it should be done.
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