Spring is in the air, and weather-wise, this is a welcome change. Unfortunately, sometimes our moods don’t follow suit. We have a tendency to get involved in ourselves, and forget that our actions directly influence people around us. We get so self-involved that sometimes we don’t even understand that there are people around us are struggling, and we aren’t doing anything about it.
Look around you on campus, and don’t shrink away if you see someone who is having a rough day. People’s masks don’t fit as nicely as they might think, and you can tell if someone isn’t handling things well recently. Smile at a complete stranger, and see how far that can take you.
Anyone who has ever experienced a random act of kindness can appreciate how that can completely turn your day around and make you approach everything with a new outlook. So when you’re waiting in line at Starbucks, buy someone coffee. If you’re in class, offer to turn someone’s paper in for them. Hold the door for more people than the person directly behind you. Offer to buy someone’s lunch. There are so many things that you can do that can make a difference to people around you. And if you can make the decision to make the lives’ of others around you a little brighter, then other people will do the same.
Suddenly, then, people are a little less involved in themselves. People are more focused on people around them, and then everyone feels less alone. Take care of one another.