I take the same route from my house when I run or walk in the morning. One of the fun things about taking the same route day in and day out is that you end up seeing the same people day in and day out. I like seeing all the familiar faces.
There is one older gentlemen who I run into regularly. He is always so put together and is often wearing a baby blue turtle neck, crisp khaki slacks, a navy blue members only jacket, huge white shoes and a little Gilligan hat. With a huge smile on his face, he walks slowly down Superior Avenue.
Every time we see each other, he greets me with, “Hello Miracle Mom!” Every time. And every time, it makes me blush and smile. His encouraging declaration of “Miracle Mom” gives me confidence and pride. It makes my day. He is my cheerleader.
While he knows nothing about me, his encouragement is still meaningful. It makes me think about the impact of even the most brief interactions throughout our days. A short encounter with a stranger has the potential to make somebody’s day. I want to look for opportunities to make people smile and pump them up. I want to be a cheerleader.
Where are the places in your life that you want to be a cheerleader?
The crowded isles of Trader Joe’s comes to my mind. Instead of pushing my loaded cart (and kids) quickly through the store with my head down, I try and take my time. I make eye contact with strangers and smile. I comment on things that people pick up saying things like, “oh, that popcorn is really good” or “hmm, I’ll have to try that wine”. I’m not trying to strike up some deep conversation, but rather just aiming for a neighborly interaction to serve as a reminder that they are worth talking to.
We aren’t living this life alone, but along side a world of others. Be a person who reminds others that they’re awesome, they’re doing a good job, they’re worth smiling at.