Do you ever feel the world’s problems are too big to deal with? Perhaps you just want to bury your head and ignore them completely because you don’t think YOU can make an impactful difference? Let me share a story I recently heard a speaker share. It was a seemingly tiny act of kindness to one little girl and yet has continued for decades influencing those that came after her.
Seventy plus years ago, a 5-year-old girl named Marie Manthey found herself alone, scared, and very sick in a hospital. Her parents had dropped her off at the hospital, and in that era, visiting hours were very minimal – a few hours a week. When her parents were able to visit, the doctors would often perform tests on her, so she began to equate pain even when seeing her parents. Alone and scared, Marie didn’t know her life was about to change by one seemingly small act of kindness. Nurse Florence Marie Fischer, the nurse taking care of Marie, sat down at a table and began coloring with her. Marie went from feeling abandoned and afraid to feeling safe and held. It was in those moments that Marie realized she wanted to be a nurse. She didn’t know if Florence was a good nurse or not, but she did know she felt cared for.
Little did Florence know her small gesture of kindness, coloring with a scared little girl, was unknowingly instrumental in the trajectory of the nursing field. You see, Marie Manthey is recognized as one of the originators on how primary care nursing is done today and was named a Living Legend of America Academy of Nursing in 2015. Learn more about Marie’s story HERE.
Even if you feel overwhelmed, scared, or unsure on how you can make a difference in the world, remember the story of a nurse coloring with a scared little girl. It was a small gesture with a huge impact. You too can have a huge impact on the life of others with the smallest of gestures. You are that powerful! Do your part, share a smile, a kind word, a hug, or slow down and take time to color and help create happier and more meaningful lives for you and those around you.
Moving forward, I invite you to make a difference by:
Sharing your smile with those you see daily. Even on days you don’t feel like smiling, muster up the energy to share your smile as you might find out it helps you the most.
Focusing on what you want to see in the world rather than what you don’t want to see. If you want your life and the world to be filled with kindness, BE kinder. If you want more love in the world, BE more loving. Be the example of what you want, and others will begin to emulate you.
Realizing that small gestures can and DO have a big impact. Offer a kind word, a hug, or a kind gesture for others. Your small act of kindness might be the first another has received in a long time.
Mostly, my wish for you moving forward it to realize you have great power in your thoughts, in your words, and in your actions. You my friend have the ability with just one small kindness to change the trajectory of someone else’s life… and it might just be yours.
Until next, take a moment and color with someone.
Every time I choose love, kindness, and compassion as my guide, I am making a difference.
Quotes to LOVE By:
“It is often our smallest moments of connection that make all the difference.” ~ Marie Manthey
“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’” ~ Brian Tracy
“Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.” ~ Sai Baba
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