Judith was extremely tired. Every step seemed to weigh a tonne and she couldn’t wait to get home, away from the crippling cold and get into bed.
Just then, she turned a corner into one of the most derelict streets in the city. She didn’t like going through here but it was a short cut that would help her get home quicker.
She noticed there was a woman sat by the side of the road, staring blankly ahead. Usually, Judith would’ve put her head done and walked straight past. But something about the woman stopped her in her tracks.
She approached cautiously. She cleared her throat and asked, ‘Hi, are you.. are you okay?’
The woman glanced up. Her eyes were bloodshot, heavy with tiredness. But then she smiled.
Judith felt herself smile back instinctively.
‘No one has asked me how I am all day. You’re very kind. You have a kind smile’, the woman remarked.
She had never been told she had a kind smile before. Judith was startled and moved.
We cannot predict the power of even the smallest acts of kindness.
Often, we may feel like we don’t know how to help others in need. We may feel helpless faced with all the inequalities and injustices in the world.
But the world is made up of people, like you and me. Each person has their own story and their own struggles. And we all have the power to connect with each other and help in small ways which can leave a lasting impact.
Next time you walk past someone in need or come across some who is hurting, remember, you don’t have to have all the answers. You don’t have to fix their life. All you have to do is be yourself and extend care and compassion.
And smile. Your smile has the power to change the world, one person at a time.
Thank you for reading. And don’t forget, spread your smile 😊