At a doctor’s office recently, a sign at the reception desk made me smile. It said, “Thank you for being you — you’re awesome!” The receptionist knew there was more to her life than taking patients’ money and prepping them to meet their doctors.
That sign said a lot about that woman’s character. Without ever meeting her or knowing anything else about her, I was well aware she was a caring individual. Why? Because she took a few seconds to handwrite that note and post it on the window that separated her from incoming patients. She knew those few words could make a difference in someone’s day — and life.
That’s how it is for all of us. Our character says a lot about us, and people are watching, whether we think so or not. What kind of vibe are you giving off? What can people tell about you upon first encounter?
“Thank you for being you — you’re awesome!"
I hope when people cross my path for the first time, they can tell I, too, care about people and that I like being happy and making others happy. I hope whatever brief encounter we share is a positive one.
I know that’s not always the case. I’m human and have my bad days, just like everyone else. Some days, traffic really gets to me, and on those days, it’s easy for me to give the wrong impression.
But overall, I like to think I add value to the lives of those around me. There’s enough negativity in this world; no one needs more of it from me. But more importantly, I see life as a gift, and I want to make the most of it.
What about you? What does your character say about you? If you don’t like the answer, only you can change it.
Christian, wife, mother of 5, breast cancer survivor, marathon finisher, writer and editor, author of "Help! I'm a Science Project"