Thursday, March 28, 2013

Love and be loved

Everyone struggles in life and needs a lift from time to time, no matter who you are.  Let's face it, life is hard sometimes.  Some challenges are easy to spot but others aren't.  In fact it can even hurt when no one recognizes a person exists.  I know from personal experience what it's like to be overlooked and it's been my goal to make sure people don't feel that way.  My first year of college I was at a grocery store grabbing some stuff that I needed.  I ran into this complete stranger there and just started talking with him.  It was a nice, brief conversation.  Well about a year later I actually ran into him again.  I recognized his face but I can't remember where I knew him from.  He was so grateful that I had the courage to just talk to him because he was having a rough day and that turned his day around.  As much as I've been nice to people there have been people who have been nice to me.  I had one instance where someone I've gotten to know just randomly (literally out of the blue) took me off facebook.  I went to his house and asked him what I did to answer.  I went over to a friend's house and just cried.  They let me vent and cry on their shoulders because it really hurt.  My point is that we stand in need to help and we stand in need to be helped.  Never rob someone of an opportunity to serve you because you never know if that might be a life changing opportunity for them.  You also never know if that will be a life changing opportunity for you.  I've come to love those that I serve just as much as those who have served me so love and be loved.